Developed in 1970 at Kent State University, President Gerald Ford officially made February Black History Month, also known as American American History Month, later in 1976. Unofficially, there was only a week given to Black History.
From Fredrick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, to Martin Luther King Jr., there are many Black figures who overcame adversity to give every individual in this country the rights they have today. Their messages still resonates today and inspires future generations.
To commemorate these great American leaders, many events are taking place on Long Island. These events include education, art, and music.
So, check out one of the many events taking place this month! Commemorate Black History and its importance to American History.
- Dan Christofel Presents Pieces of Yesterday - Huntington Art Council - Huntington
- Black History Month - Long Island State Park Region - Babylon
- February Showcase - Bay Shore-Brightwater Library - Brightwater
- From Africa to Abstract: Journey of a People Through Art and Image - Southampton Cultural Center - Southampton
- Faith Ringgold: Black History Month Exhibition - Frank and Gertrude Kaiser Art Gallery at Molloy College - Rockville Center
- Black History Month Celebration - Brentwood Library - Brentwood
- Art on Display - Planting Field Arboretum State Historic Park - Oyster Bay
- Motown: The Truth is a Hit - New York Public Library - New York
- Radical Presence: Black Performance Contemporary Art, Part II - Studio Museum in Harlem - New York
Any other great events going on this Black History Month? Tell us in the comments below!
Image Source: Dan Christofel Presents "Pieces of Yesterday"