Marking Black History in NYC

Rev. Kevin McCall leads M.S. 35 students along Fulton Street on their way to Restoration Plaza for a rally during Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. (Photo by Justin Hicks via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Media outlets in NYC have been covering demonstrations and events related to Black History Month. Here are some of the stories:

Anthony Beckford, president and founder of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn, is at the forefront of a campaign to make African-American history part of the public school curriculum in New York beyond just Black History Month. He tells Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

“It all starts with education. What you learn at home and what you learn in school may be the same or may be different. We have to re-educate who we are. There is a lot of racism, and this counters that.”

The publication also covered rallies held as part of the annual Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. Students met with Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to speak about a Black history curriculum and hiring more teachers of color among other demands.

Brooklyn eighth grader Emma Pichardo won a T-shirt designing contest for students in the city for the week of action with “an all black-and-white design with the same silhouette in the center, surrounded by the 13 principles.” The principles refer to those “born from incidents of black men and women having fatal encounters with white police officers.” Read more at Chalkbeat.

The Chicago-based Association for the Study of African American Life and History has designated “Black Migrations” as this year’s theme for Black History Month. Amsterdam News has compiled a collection of stories and profiles from over the years centered around the theme from the Harlem Renaissance to the historic district once called Black Hollywood East, as well as how “the great migration was a triumph of the Black press.”

Slavery is a part of Long Island history and should be addressed during Black History Month, area historians say, according to The Suffolk Times. They try to piece together fragmented and scattered stories of some of the slaves and their descendants.

“Places like Rochdale Village, Rosedale, Corona and Flushing Meadows are unmarked battlefields in the fight by African Americans for equal rights,” writes editor Michael Shain in Queens Chronicle. He takes a look at how the borough “provided foot soldiers” in the struggles for equal rights in the South; protests and boycotts against discrimination in the city; racism endured by the first Black family in Rosedale; and the fatal shooting of a 10-year-old by police in 1973.

Bklyner reports on a monthlong initiative that examines Black fashion through a historical lens.

Check out Black History Month events running through February and into the spring in these roundups:

  • Amsterdam News: “What to do during Black History Month, from a poetry slam to a trolley tour, as recommended by locals.”
  • See what’s happening in Brooklyn in this list from Bklyner.
  • The New-York Historical Society offers exhibitions, installations and programs on Black history, some of which run through spring.
  • QNS covers events at the Museum of the Moving Image including the world premiere of a documentary celebrating hip hop dancers.
  • There’s the Harlem Fine Arts Show Feb. 14-17 featuring the “art and artists of the African diaspora.”
  • Learn about Langston Hughes at the Queens Library Feb. 11 and 25.
  • On Feb. 23, the Islamic Center at NYU hosts “Black Muslim Authors: On the tradition of Storytelling, Literature, Representation, & Faith.”

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