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Join us for African-American History Month at Queens Library. We’ll be screening movies, hosting talks, and throwing concerts to celebrate and commemorate the Black experience in America. Programs are available for children, teens, and adults.

Upcoming Programs

Hip Hop Pioneers Honored for Black History Month

Wednesday, February 1 – Tuesday, February 28
During library hours
Central Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica

Queens Central Library will host the “Queens Hip Hop Pioneers” photo exhibit, curated by Queens Library’s Hip Hop Coordinator, Ralph McDaniels, with photos by MFidel Photography. The exhibit will shine a light on the DJs, MCs, artists, and historians that nurtured hip hop from its early days to the cultural phenomenon it is today. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind look at the original pioneers of Queens Hip Hop!

Celebrate Black History Month

Wednesdays, February 1 – 22
4 pm
Peninsula
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach

Join us as we learn about historical events and famous African Americans during this series.

Black History Month: Arts, Literature & Music

Mondays, February 6 – 27
4:30 pm
Seaside
116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park

Explore visual artists, poets and musicians during Black History Month.

An Afternoon of Song with Daphnee Fortunate

Thursday, February 16
3pm
Douglaston – Little Neck
249-01 Northern Boulevard

Songstress Daphnee Fortunate will weave her vocal magic through new, soulful renditions of jazz and pop standards from the 20th and 21st centuries in a musical journey that will delight and inspire as we celebrate African American History Month. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited; first-come, first-served. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Douglaston/Little Neck Library.

Crafts with Shelly P.

Friday, February 17
4 pm
Cambria Heights
218-13 Linden Boulevard

We’ll be making framed collages! Repurpose images from your favorite magazine to create one-of-a-kind inspirational Black History collages.

March On: A Black History Month Celebration with Milton Suggs

Wednesday, February 22
3:00 pm
Central Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica

Milton Suggs has a voice that commands attention. Whether it’s on record or in concert, the jazz vocalist takes inspiration from the soulfulness of Marvin Gaye, Eddie Jefferson and Joe Williams. Suggs also has a knack for writing lyrics to classic compositions, otherwise known as ‘vocalese’. Things to Come, his 2010 debut album as a leader, is comprised of original compositions, standards, and a few vocalese tunes. His new album, Lyrical, Volume I is an extension of the different directions he takes on Things to Come. Free Admission. No Registration Required.

Afro-American History Month Jeopardy

Wednesday, February 22
4 pm
Flushing
41-17 Main Street

Come join us for our favorite activity at Flushing... Jeopardy on the big screen, complete with buzzers and more! Join us for African-American History Month trivia, as well as our usual mixer.

African-American History Program

Thursday, February 23
5:30 pm
Cambria Heights
218-13 Linden Boulevard

The national sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Beta Omicron Chapter, presents its annual African American History program.

Black History Month: Thursday Night Movie

Thursday, February 23
5:30 pm
Rochdale Village
169-09 137 Avenue, Jamaica

Join us as we watch movies to celebrate Black History Month. 2/23: Life: The story of wrongfully convicted men who discover the value of life after serving 65 years in prison.

New Cuban Masters: The Power of Changó - Expressions of Santeria through Music and Dance

Monday, February 27
6:30 pm
Central Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica

Kali Rodriguez-Peña is an up-and-coming trumpeter, composer, bandleader and educator. Carlos dos Santos, Jr. is a recognized dancer, choreographer and teacher. He has performed as a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and more.  In the Santeria religion Changó (Shangó) is the owner of fire, lightening, thunder, and war, but he is also the patron of music, drumming, and dancing. He represents male beauty and virility, passion and power. This program was made possible with the support of Time Warner.

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