Black History Month events on LI

Coretta Scott King stands in front of a

Coretta Scott King stands in front of a painting of her late husband, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., on Jan. 14, 2003, in Atlanta. “Coretta: Promise to the Dream,” a new play written by Tina Andrews, is among the many Black History Month events happening on Long Island. It runs Feb. 7-23 at the Southampton Cultural Center. (Credit: AP/John Bazemore)

Here's a list of some events occurring this month on Long Island in honor of Black History Month.

 

THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY

BRENTWOOD

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION. Students from the Brentwood School District display their artwork during regular hours Feb. 1-28, Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., free, brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883, ext. 346.

BRIGHTWATERS

FEBRUARY SHOWCASE. A celebration of Black History Month with a display by resident and library board secretary Frances Bell; also features the artwork of Flora Allen, viewable during library hours Feb. 1-28, Bay Shore-Brightwaters Library, 1 South Country Rd., free, bayshore.suffolk.lib.ny.us, 631-665-4350.

CENTRAL ISLIP

GALLERY EXHIBIT: TINA ANDREWS. Artist, actress and writer Tina Andrews displays her artwork during library hours Feb. 1-28, Central Islip Public Library, 33 Hawthorne Ave., free, centralisliplibrary.org, 631-234-9333.

ELMONT

THE DANCING QUILTER. The signature use of earth tones and unique Afrocentric designs by Marilyn Hamilton Jackson, on display during regular library hours Feb. 1-March 31, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., free, elmontlibrary.org, 516-354-5280.

FREEPORT

MONUMENTAL PORTRAITS OF EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE. Staten Island resident Warren Lyons shares his portraits of historical figures, on display during library hours Feb. 3-27, Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd., freeportlibrary.info, 516-379-3274, ext. 224.

OYSTER BAY

ART ON DISPLAY. Paintings from some of America's great black artists; also posters saluting black abolitionists, scientists, educators, horticulturists and ecologists, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays Feb. 1-28, in the Visitors Center, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., free, plantingfields.org, 516-922-8600.

ROCKVILLE CENTRE

FAITH RINGGOLD: BLACK HISTORY MONTH EXHIBITION. In-depth study of "Tar Beach" and "The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles," two works by this African-American artist best known for her painted story quilts, many focusing on racial conflicts; also prints, biographical information, articles, awards and books, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 1-28, Frank and Gertrude Kaiser Art Gallery at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., free, bit.ly/1hM0qCh, 516-323-3196.

SOUTHAMPTON

'FROM AFRICA TO ABSTRACT: JOURNEY OF A PEOPLE THROUGH ART AND IMAGE.' Art exhibition celebrating Black History Month, curated by Tina Andrews, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Jan. 29-March 3, reception 4 p.m. Feb. 1, Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, free, scc-arts.org, 631-287-4377.

'CORETTA: PROMISE TO THE DREAM.' New play, written and directed by Tina Andrews, dramatizing the determination of Coretta Scott King as she promises to avenge the death of her husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., at a 1999 civil trial, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturday, Feb. 7-23, Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane; tickets $12-$22; scc-arts.org, 631-287-4377.

WANTAGH

ART ON DISPLAY. Paintings from some of America's great black artists; also posters, newspaper clippings and prints by Tom McKinney, BJ Smith and Justin Bua, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily Feb. 1-28, in the central mall park information office, Jones Beach State Park, 2400 Ocean Pkwy., free, nysparks.com/parks, 516-785-1600.

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 15

GARDEN CITY

BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION AWARD CEREMONY AND DINNER. Ceremony and dinner features the presentation of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson award, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., $10, register, highlighting success.org, 516-986-0746.

HEMPSTEAD

BLACK CINEMA: SILENCE TO SOUND. Explore the Golden Age of Hollywood through the lenses of America's African-American filmmakers, 2 p.m., Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct., free, hempstead library.info, 516-481-6990.

PORT JEFFERSON

FROM JAZZ TO SOUL. Jazz singer Rhonda Denet performs a collection of jazz standards and soul classics of Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Etta James and others, 2-3:30 p.m., Port Jefferson Library, 100 Thompson St., free, portjefflibrary.org, 631-473-0022.

ROCKVILLE CENTRE

PERFORMANCE. Afternoon with actress and songstress and local resident Kecia Lewis, 2-3:30 p.m., Lakeview Library, 1120 Woodfield Rd., register, nassaulibrary.org/lakeview, 516-536-3071.

UNIONDALE

TALKING DRUMS FAMILY SHOW. World-class drummer Kobla Dente discusses the instruments of Africa; children count, spell and jump to the beat of the African drum, 11 a.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., free, uniondalelibrary.org, 516-489-2220.

 

SUNDAY, FEB. 16

DIX HILLS

CELEBRATION. Sing, dance, listen to poetry and music, learn about the heritage about past pioneers, present leaders and their contribution to our country, 2-4 p.m., Half Hollow Hills Community Library, Dix Hills Branch, 55 Vanderbilt Pkwy., free, hhhlibrary.org, 631-421-4530.

FREEPORT

AFRICAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BUILDING OF A NATION. Carol A. Gordon discusses the 1600s and presents a collection of historical artifacts, 2:30 p.m., Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd., free, freeportlibrary.info, 516-379-3274.

WEST HEMPSTEAD

CONCERT: FROM AFRICA WITH LOVE. A celebration with a performance by Cay Fatima and her trio, 2-3:30 p.m., West Hempstead Library, 500 Hempstead Ave., free, whplibrary.org, 516-481-6591.

WESTBURY

HIGH TIDE'S REGGAE AND CALYPSO. The High Tide Band performs reggae, calypso and a mix of music, 2:30 p.m., Westbury Library, 445 Jefferson St., free, westburylibrary.org, 516-333-0176.

 

MONDAY, FEB. 17

GARDEN CITY

'CELEBRATE.' Celebrate the roots of popular American music and dance with performers of Aspiring Young Artists, music and dance styles that celebrate roots in Africa, open to ages 5 and older, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., $5 with museum admission, $10 theater only, licm.org, 516-224-5800.

 

TUESDAY, FEB. 18

HUNTINGTON

ANYTHING BUT SILENT: THE FLYING ACE. “The Flying Ace” (1926), 1:05, a crime adventure starring Laurence Criner, Kathryn Boyd and Boise De Legge, with live organ accompaniment by Ben Model, 7:30 p.m., Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., $14, $7 younger than 12, cinemaartscentre.org, 631-423-7611.

 

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19

AMITYVILLE

BOOK DISCUSSION: THE LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK. Discussion of “The Lions of Little Rock” by Kristin Levine, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Amityville Library, Oak and John streets, free, 631-264-0567.

COMMACK

CLASSICAL BLACK SINGERS — THE LONG ROAD TO THE METROPOLITAN OPERA 1845-1955. Cantor Don Goldberg discusses the black presence in the classical and operatic music scene and the struggle it took for blacks to perform at the Met, 2-3 p.m., Smithtown Library, Commack Branch, 3 Indian Head Rd., free, register, smithlib.org, 631-360-2480.

ELMONT

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ. Learn the history of New Orleans Jazz, where it originated and the major musicians who revived the music originally played from 1900-1920, 1 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., elmontlibrary.org, 516-354-5280.

 

THURSDAY, FEB. 20

UNIONDALE

BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION. Celebrate the contributions of African-Americans in American history and culture, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., free, uniondalelibrary.org, 516-489-2220.

 

FRIDAY, FEB. 21

STONY BROOK

'RUNNING SCARED, RUNNING FREE: ESCAPE TO THE PROMISED LAND.' Interactive theatrical performance, based on oral history, involving the Civil War, slavery, the Underground Railroad, secret codes hidden in quilts and the struggle for freedom, 7 p.m., Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational and Cultural Center, Stony Brook Village Center, Main Street, $15, wmho.org, 631-751-2244.

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 22

HEMPSTEAD

FILM: 'LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER.' Film screening at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, in the student center theater, Hofstra University Student Center, Hempstead Turnpike, free, 516-463-5669.

ROCKVILLE CENTRE

CENTRAL PARK FIVE WITH ALAN NEWTON. Listen to the stories the group has to share, 1-3 p.m., Lakeview Library, 1120 Woodfield Rd., register, nassaulibrary.org/lakeview, 516-536-3071.

 

SUNDAY, FEB. 23

HUNTINGTON STATION

PERFORMANCE: NINE ET CETERA. Nine Et Cetera performs gospel songs of Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Al Green and others, 2 p.m., South Huntington Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd., free, shpl.info, 631-549-4411.

NORTH BABYLON

THE QUILT SPEAKS TO ME. Vignette on the role of African-American women quilters on the Underground Railroad, 2-3 p.m., North Babylon Library, 815 Deer Park Ave., free, northbabylonpl.org, 631-669-4020.

 

MONDAY, FEB. 24

WESTBURY

MONTFORD POINT MARINE. The Marines of Montford Point were a group of black men who fought in World War II but went unrecognized due to racial discrimination; learn about the experience by one of the Marines, 7 p.m., Westbury Library, 445 Jefferson St., free, westburylibrary.org, 516-333-0176.

 

TUESDAY, FEB. 25

HEMPSTEAD

FREEDOM QUILTS. Celebrate Black History Month by making a replica of a freedom quilt, 4 p.m., Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct., 50-cent materials fee, hempsteadlibrary.info, 516-481-6990.

 

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26

BRENTWOOD

FREEDOM QUILTS. Discover the stories that quilts told in the days of the Underground Railroad; learn to “read” the various quilt codes, 7-8 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., registration begins Feb. 3, free, brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883.

I HAVE A DREAM. Dramatization of the life and times of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a legendary leader who battled against racial injustice, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Van Nostrand Theatre, Suffolk County Community College, Crooked Hill Road, $8, $7 seniors, www.sunysuffolk.edu/spotlight, 631-851-6589.

GARDEN CITY

AFRICAN-AMERICAN READ-IN. Afternoon spent reading the literary works of black writers aloud, 4-7 p.m., Ruth S. Harley University Center, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., free, refreshments served, registration required for readers, adelphi.edu, 516-877-4979.

 

THURSDAY, FEB. 27

AMITYVILLE

TRADITIONAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE ON LONG ISLAND. Illustrated talk exploring the social history of slaves and free blacks on Long Island, 7-8:45 p.m., Amityville Library, Oak and John streets, free, 631-264-0567.

UNIONDALE

STEEL DRUM CARNIVAL. Join for a story, sing songs, dance and take turns playing a steel drum, for children in kindergarten through grade 5, 7 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., free, register, uniondalelibrary.org, 516-489-2220.

 

FRIDAY, FEB. 28

HUNTINGTON STATION

'20 FEET FROM STARDOM.' Documentary and history starring Darlene Love, (2013), 1:31, rated PG-13, 7 p.m., South Huntington Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd., free, shpl.info, 631-549-4411.

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