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NYC Libraries - Celebrating Black History Month

  • 1.  NYC Libraries - Celebrating Black History Month

    Posted 02-01-2021 21:06
    The libraries in New York don't disappoint.
    Check out the various systems and the events they had lined up to Celebrate Black History Month 2021

    New York Public Library -
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    The Schomburg Center curates an array of exhibitions that illuminate Black history in America and across the diaspora, drawing from its renowned collections. Now you can explore a selection of recent exhibitions online-including Traveling While Black: A Century of Pleasure & Pain & PilgrimagesSubversion & The Art of Slavery Abolition, and Femmetography: The Gaze Shifted.
    Between the Lines: Four Hundred Souls with Keisha N. Blain and Ibram X. Kendi
    Tues, Feb 9 | 7 PM
    Between the Lines: FOUR HUNDRED SOULS

    Explore Online Exhibitions from the Schomburg Center
    The Schomburg Center curates an array of exhibitions that illuminate Black history in America and across the diaspora, drawing from its renowned collections. Now you can explore a selection of recent exhibitions online-including Traveling While Black: A Century of Pleasure & Pain & Pilgrimages, Subversion & The Art of Slavery Abolition, and Femmetography: The Gaze Shifted.

    Brooklyn Public Library - Events Calendar
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    Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll
    Tue, Feb 16 2021 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Musician Toshi Reagon and scholar Maureen Mahon discuss Mahon's important new book, Black Diamond Queens. African American women have played a pivotal part in rock and roll-from laying its foundations and singing chart-topping hits to influencing some of the genre's most iconic acts. Despite this, black women's importance to the music's history has been diminished by narratives of rock as a mostly white male enterprise. In Black Diamond Queens, Mahon draws on recordings, press coverage, archival materials, and interviews to document the history of African American women in rock and roll between the 1950s and the 1980s. Mahon details the musical contributions and cultural impact of Big Mama Thornton, LaVern Baker, Betty Davis, Tina Turner, Merry Clayton, Labelle, the Shirelles, and others, demonstrating how dominant views of gender, race, sexuality, and genre affected their careers. By uncovering this hidden history of black women in rock and roll, Mahon reveals a powerful sonic legacy that continues to reverberate into the twenty-first century.

    Maureen Mahon, a cultural anthropologist, is an associate professor in the Department of Music at New York University. She is the author of Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll (2020) and Right To Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race (2004). Her articles on African-American music have appeared in academic journals and on the websites of National Public Radio and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was the Chief Academic Advisor for "Soundtrack of America," the five-night concert series that opened the inaugural season of The Shed in New York City.

    CBH Talks: White Feminism and the Worker of Color
    Wed, Feb 17 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    In her new book White Feminism former Jezebel editor-in-chief Koa Beck uncovers the long, troubling, racist ideology that has dominated the American women's movement from its start. It is this feminism of exclusion that leads us to today, where mid-pandemic, women and non-binary are shouldering the vast majority of domestic work, child rearing, remote learning, and endangering women of color through "outsourcing." Join Beck as she looks at the lack of equality as it plays out in work and labor, and pulls back the curtain on white feminism's similarities to traditional patriarchy. Her conversation partners for this, the first of two programs, are Roxane Gay, contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and author of Bad Feminist; Brittney Cooper, professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University and author of Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower; and Barbara Smith, legendary author and activist who cofounded the Combahee River Collective in 1975 and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

    The second program, which takes place on February 25, envisions feminism's intersectional future. This series is co-presented by the Center for Brooklyn History and the Ms. Foundation for Women.

    Queens Public Library
    Black History Month: Haitian Music, Dance, And Storytelling
    Feb 2, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Lavi Miyò is a collaborative dance, music, and visual arts project that employs storytelling and Haitian traditional music, dance, and oral history. Founded in 2016, Kriyol Dance! Collective (KDC) is a group of artist-leaders working together, on one platform, using dance, music, and spoken word to create original work focused on the preservation of Black diasporic culture and Haitian culture. Watch live on our Facebook page: Queens Public Library

    Curator's Choice: A Conversation With The Curator Of The Black Heritage Reference Collection
    Join the curator of the Black Heritage Reference Collection to discuss Black history and culture.
    Tuesday, February 2: Faith Ringgold - We will view and talk about the work of this innovative artist.
    Tuesday, February 9 : Slave Narratives - We will discuss looking for family after Emancipation.
    Tuesday, February 16 : Atiba Wilson - Sankofa presentation To register:

    Black Health And Healing Summit
    Feb 5, 8:00am - 8:00pm
    Queens Public Library and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association host this 24-hour virtual event that will pair entertainment with critical health information and strategies on healing from home. This summit spotlights top medical experts and entertainers. Virtual panels, lectures, and interactive workshops will leave you with the inspiration, support, and knowledge to make immediate health improvements! Visit for more information and to register.

    Clara Cabrera
    DICE Co-Convener
    SLA NY Events Chair/Diversity Co-Chair

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