Miami Melanin 2021
Black History Month is a time to reflect and acknowledge the contributions that African Americans have made to the American fabric. The City of Miami is honored to facilitate a series of events in February 2021 that highlight the contributions of our gifted residents, artists, and employees. The community at large will be able to experience each event via “FACEBOOK LIVE” For more information, visit the City of Miami page and the Little Haiti Cultural Center Facebook page.
Friday, February 5, 2021: “Local Global”
The Little Haiti Cultural Center celebrates the contributions of artists of color to the Miami art landscape. Local Global is a collection of works from local artists from a global lens. More than two dozen artists are represented, including Sophia Lacroix, Carl-Philippe Juste and Annick Duvivier. For more information, visit the LHCC Facebook page.
Friday, February 12, 2021: Unveiling of the Historical Land Markers and City Commission Celebration of TBA
At the Feb. 12 City of Miami Commission Meeting, officials will unveil landmarks in a celebration of culture. The meeting will take place at City Hall in Coconut Grove, Fl.
Friday, February 12, 2021: Melanin in Movement
This dance performance that celebrates women of color features Loni Johnson, Sonia Báez-Hernández, Weiselande “Yanui” Cesar and Yanira Collado.
Friday, February 19, 2021: Melanin Rhythms
Delou Africa, a West African Dance troupe from Miami will present African dance and rhythms. Local drummers will also be invited for a jam session.
Saturday, February 20, 2021: Roots Movements MASTER DANCE CLASS
Masterclass folklore dance outdoor workshop with Jean-René Delsoin.
Friday, February 26, 2021: Melanin Miami- The Faces That Make Miami Colorful
People of color have added color to the Miami fabric since its inception. We will highlight some of the people who contributed to making the Miami sparkle with vibrant color.
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Queens College announced a full calendar of events for Black History Month celebrating Black history, culture, and achievements while also addressing today’s struggles for racial equity. This year these events have gone virtual, making them readily accessible to the broad audience that cannot attend them in person during the pandemic. For more information, read more here.
Friday, February 5, from 10–11 am
Assembly member Khaleel Anderson (D-NY) — the youngest member of the State Assembly in 20 years, and the youngest Black member ever — will discuss youth activism. Visit the Queens College BHM celebration page to learn more.
Saturday, February 6, 2021: Black History Month — Black History in Queens
Celebrate Black History Month in Parks with the Urban Park Rangers from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. This program highlights the significance of Queens for notable and impactful Black historical figures throughout history. Queens was also home to activists, athletes, inventors, and entertainers among many other notable residents. Limited attendance is offered for outdoor programs, event is free, please visit NYC Parks for more information or call (718) 846-2731.
Sunday, February 7, 2021: The Black Republic — African Americans and the Fate of Haiti
The Baton Foundation presents this discussion on The Black Republic, a work by Brandon R. Byrd that explores the ambivalent attitudes that Black American leaders in the post-Civil War era held toward Haiti, the first and only Black republic in the Western Hemisphere from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (EST). To register for free, go to the event page on Eventbrite. Click here to learn more.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021: Black History Month with the NYPL
The New York Public Library is hosting a virtual event Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., about “Four Hundred Souls,” a one-volume “community” history of African Americans from 1916 to present. Join the book’s editors, Ibram X. Kendiand Keisha N. Blain, and several contributors for readings from the collection, as well as a discussion about what it takes to develop a community history, by a community. Advance registration required. You can order “Four Hundred Souls” from the Schomburg Shop, all proceeds will benefit the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021: The Real Ambassadors in Concert
The Louis Armstrong House Museum, together with the Forum for Cultural Engagement through the U.S. Embassy of Moscow, will present The Real Ambassadors in Concert, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 1:00 p.m. Click here to learn more.
Saturday, February 13, 2021: Kids Masquerade Mardi Gras Ball
Hosted by Princess Tiana, it’s an event for boys and girls, aged 3 to 9. Kids will learn about Black History Month, Sing, Dance, Party, and enjoy goodies and treats all Mardi Gras themed. A two hours event, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the following address: TeePee Party Place NYC 481 Dekalb Avenue #Ground Floor Unit 5 Brooklyn, NY 11205. A fee of 35$ is required to attend, ticket is for one adult and one children. For more information, please visit eventbrite.
Saturday, February 20, 2021: The Music of Haiti
The Kupferberg Center for the Arts will host The Music of Haiti on Feb. 20, at 3:00 p.m. It will feature acclaimed Haitian-American vocalist Pauline Jean alongside two legends of Haitian music, accordion master Richard Duroseau and percussionist Mario De Volcy. Visit the Queens College website to learn more.
Black History Month: Brooklyn and the Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad was a network of sanctuaries for women and men escaping enslavement in the South to seek freedom in the North. The Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and manmade, in our city’s long history, are taking you on a walk through Brooklyn Bridge Park highlighting the borough’s link to freedom on Feb. 20 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm; it’s free of cost, to learn more please click here.
Sunday, February 21, 2021: Celebrating Black History with a deeper understanding of our neighbor: Haiti
Dr. Yanick Louis-Lindquist will present a brief overview of Haiti’s rich and yet tumultuous history. She will reflect on her cross-cultural experiences and the joy of reconnecting to her homeland after decades of living abroad. The event will take place online from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EST), free registration is available on their event page bfuu.org.