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Black History Month Events on Long Island

Where to go & what to do to celebrate Black History Month on Long Island

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February is Black History Month, and there's a wealth of events on Long Island to commemorate this month. Here are some of the places you can go to celebrate.

For information on MLK Day events, please see my article, Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Long Island, NY.

If you know of other events that should be listed, please contact me at longisland@aboutguide.com. Thank you.

NOTE: This page is updated annually. Here are the events for 2013.

Throughout February - Stony Brook U.

From a Black History Month Spoken Word & Open Mic Contest to the Third Annual Black History Month Unity Forum, and more, Stony Brook University has a full range of events throughout the month. For the entire Calendar of Events for Black History Month, please go to Stony Brook University - Black History Month.

Thursday, January 31 through Wednesday, February 27, 2013

FREE Art Exhibit at the Southampton Cultural Center at Agawam Park, Southampton, NY, (631)287-4377. VISUAL HERITAGE IV: Contemporary African American Artists - Tina Andrews, Brent Bailer, Rosa Hanna Scott, Manuel Hughes, Reynold RUffins, Danny Simmons.

Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday 11 - 3 p.m. Opening reception: Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - Nassau Community College

Nassau Community College,1 Education Drive, Garden City, NY, (516) 572-7376.

Black History Month opening ceremony: read-in at 10 a.m. Call for more information.

Friday, February 8, 2013 - Brentwood Library

At the Brentwood library, 34 Second Avenue, Brentwood, NY. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Black History Month Event. For more information and to sign up for this FREE program, please call (631) 273-7883 or go to the Brentwood Library website.

Sunday, February 10, 2013 - Freeport Memorial Library

At 2:30 p.m. African Culture Experience, a 90-minute presentation filled with traditional AFrican folklore and stories, as well as music and a discussion of various African customs, presented by Lydia Matabi Wilson, CEO/artist, Uganda Cultural Art Network.

More info: call the reference department at (516)379-3274 or email frreference@freeportlibrary.info

The event will be held at the Freeport Memorial Library, 144 West Merrick Road, Freeport, NY.

Friday, February 15, 2013 - Freeport

Enjoy Africa, presented by Lydia Matabi Wilson, CEO/artist, Uganda Cultural Art Network. Children will enjoy African stories, dance and arts and crafts that teach all about the traditions of different African cultures. The program is for children in grades K-4.

The event will be held at the Freeport Memorial Library, 144 West Merrick Road, Freeport, NY.

More info: call the Youth Services department at (516)379-3274 or email fryouthservices@freeportlibrary.info. The event will be held at the Freeport Memorial Library, 144 West Merrick Road, Freeport, NY.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational & Cultural Center, located in Stony Brook Village Center, Main Street on the Harbor, presents Dinner & Dancing with "The Rat Pack" at 7 p.m. . Enjoy a romantic evening of dinner and dancing with singer and entertainer Joey B., the "Man of a Thousand Voices." With his six-octave range, he'll do renditions of songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin. $75 per person. Buffet dinner by Mirabelle's/Three Village Inn. Wine will be served. Advance reservations required at (631) 689-5888.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

At the Brentwood library, 34 Second Avenue, Brentwood, NY. I Have A Dream Collage Program for children ages 8 to 14 years. Discover how dreams come true in artworks by famous African American artists including Faith Ringlod, Kadir Nelson and others. Then create your own American dream collages using quotes and pictures of famous African Americans. To sign up, call Adele Bennett at (631) 273-7883 or go to www.brentwoodnylibrary.org.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

At the Brentwood library, 34 Second Avenue, Brentwood, NY. Young adult program: African Masks. Young adults learn about African masks and then make their own. (Registration opens 1-21-13.) To sign up, call Kristen Brewi at (631) 273-7883 or go to www.brentwoodnylibrary.org.

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