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Celebrating Black History Month

During Black History Month, New York City offers countless opportunities to celebrate the contributions and achievements of black Americans throughout history with exhibits, performing arts, fine art, and neighborhood events. If you can't hit a Harlem jazz club or visit one of the city's many African American Namesake Parks, don't worry. To honor Black History Month, we've compiled a few resources to help you find events near you. Search your city Check out the "Black Voices History Quest, Black History in Your Backyard" series by The Huffington Post. In each post per city, there's a slideshow of events and places that pay tribute to black Americans, and a map to help you find them.

Another great place to start is your city's website. Many of the cities I've searched posted a calendar of events, and often, there was even a whole section to help you find events specific to Black History Month. Of course, if all else fails, "Black History Month events [your city]" in Google to point you in the right direction.

Experience events online If you can't find any local events, start surfing the web! The History Channel has a wealth of online videos, photo galleries and speeches that capture key events and honor black leaders in anything from music to sports to politics. Their site is really interactive and with a little help and supervision from you, even your little ones can navigate it.

Check your local listings Channel Guide magazine's blog put together a great outline of Black History Month programming through the end of February. Of course, you should always check your local listings for programs on channels like PBS. Their lineup is always informative - you can find it outlined within this press release.

Rent a movie There's even a movie out right now that chronicles a piece of black history - Red Tails, which tells the story of the crew of black pilots in the segregated Tuskegee training program during World War II. If you don't' feel like hitting the theaters, check out this list of movies that should be available through your favorite rental service.

How do you celebrate Black History Month? I don't have kids...so help me, parents! Let's share some kid-friendly resources, too.

 

Additional event listings by cities

New York, NY NYC Parks CBS's guide to NYC's 5 Best Black History Month Events

Boston, MA City of Boston's listings

Chicago, IL Chicago Tribune's Black History Month's stories and listings

Oakland, CA City of Oakland's Community Events

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