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Black History Month calendar of events

"Harriet, Rosa and Me" plays at Suffolk County

"Harriet, Rosa and Me" plays at Suffolk County Community College's Nostrand Theatre in Brentwood on Wednesday. Credit: @tomboythegroup

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BRIGHTWATERS

ART GALLERY DISPLAY

In honor of Black History Month, a library exhibit incorporates books, photos and artwork from the collection of resident and library board trustee Frances Bell. It is viewable during regular library hours through Feb. 28 at Bay Shore-Brightwaters Library, 1 South Country Rd.; free; 631-665-4350, bsbwlibrary.org

DIX HILLS

DISPLAY

The Mothers Club of Wheatley Heights presents a display of books and pictures of famous African-Americans and events celebrating black history. These are viewable during regular library hours through Feb. 28 at Half Hollow Hills Community Library Dix Hills branch, 55 Vanderbilt Pkwy.; free; 631-421-4530, hhhlibrary.org

GARDEN CITY

EXHIBIT: ‘A CELEBRATION OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’

This exhibit features African-American artists’ works, presented by the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce. Exhibit is viewable during regular store hours through Feb. 28 at Bloomingdale’s furniture gallery in Roosevelt Field Mall on the main floor, 630 Old Country Rd.; free; 347-475-7158, liaacc.org

GARDEN CITY

EXHIBIT: AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART EXHIBIT

“Kreyon Bondye Pa Gen Gonm” (God’s Pencil Has No Eraser), paintings and drawings by Haitian-Canadian artist Rafaëlle Roy. A free reception and gallery talk is 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit on display in the Center Gallery through Feb. 28 at Ruth S. Harley University Center, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave.; free; 516-877-4978, nwsdy.li/kreyon

HEMPSTEAD

EXHIBIT: ‘ROMARE BEARDEN: STORYTELLER

This exhibit features prints (aqua tints, engravings, etchings, lithographs, silk-screens) portraying everyday African-American life in 20th-century America. Viewable noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The exhibit, which is free, will be available through Aug. 17 at the Hofstra University Museum: Emily Lowe Gallery, Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead; 516-463-5672, hofstra.edu/museum

PATCHOGUE

EXHIBIT: ‘VARIETIES OF EXPERIENCE

Works by African-American artists Faith Ringgold, Howardena Pindell, Emma Amos, Robert Carter, Emmett Wigglesworth, Ramona Candy, David Byre-Tyre and others. It will be on view 2-7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 25 at Patchogue Arts Gallery, 20 Terry St.; free; 631-627-8686, patchoguearts.org

STATE PARKS

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation hosts a cultural art display featuring paintings from black artists, posters, newspaper clippings and prints Wednesday through Feb. 28. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Long Island Parks regional headquarters lobby in Babylon. An exhibit is also available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at Jones Beach State Park, Field 4, Central Mall, Wantagh. The Nissequogue River State Park administration building in Kings Park has an exhibit available 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park visitor center in Oyster Bay has an exhibit viewable 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. All exhibits are free. Find more information about any of the exhibits at 631-321-3510 or nysparks.com

STONY BROOK

‘RUNNING SCARED, RUNNING FREE: ESCAPE TO THE PROMISED LAND’

An 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. This St. George Production plays on selected dates through Feb. 28 at the Ward Melville Educational & Cultural Center, Stony Brook Village Center; tickets are $12; for specifics and public availability, call 631-751-2244 or check wmho.org

FEB. 18

CENTRAL ISLIPA TRIBUTE TO DUKE ELLINGTON

Presented by The Paul Joseph Quartet, 2-3:30 p.m., Central Islip Public Library, 33 Hawthorne Ave.; free; 631-234-9333; centralisliplibrary.org

DIX HILLS

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION

The Mothers Club of Wheatley Heights, Concerned Fathers Association and Half Hollow Hills Community Library celebrate African-American heritage with song, dance, poetry and music; learn about the rich contributions of past pioneers, present leaders and their impact on our country, 2 p.m., Half Hollow Hills Community Library Dix Hills Branch, 55 Vanderbilt Pkwy.; free; 631-421-4530;

hhhlibrary.org

ELMONT

ONE LOVE, ONE AMERICA: A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA’S MUSIC

Jerome “City” Smith and the City Sounds Music Ensemble pay tribute to some of America’s Motown and gospel greats, including Little Richard, James Brown, Whitney Houston and more, 2 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke.; free; 516-354-5280; elmontlibrary.org

FREEPORT

CONCERT: FROM JAZZ TO SOUL

Rhonda Denèt and the Silver Fox Songs Trio perform jazz standards and soul classics that span five decades, paying tribute to Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Etta James, Mary Wells and Gladys Knight, 2:30 p.m., Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd.; free, register; 516-379-3274; freeportlibrary.info

LONG BEACH

INSPIRATIONAL GOSPEL MUSIC

Church choirs from The Christian Light Missionary Baptist Church Music Department present their Black History Month concert, 3 p.m., Long Beach Library, 111 W. Park Ave.; free; 516-432-7201; longbeachlibrary.org

PATCHOGUE

CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Family program, dance, sing and celebrate with the smooth sounds of Sheree M.C. Elder, musician and songwriter, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Patchogue-Medford Library, 54-60 E. Main St.; free, registration began Feb. 11; 631-654-4700; pmlib.org

WESTBURY

CIVIL RIGHTS ON LONG ISLAND

American history lecturer at Suffolk County Community College and author Christopher Verga of “Civil Rights on Long Island” discusses the challenges and triumphs of the civil rights movement on Long Island, 2:30 p.m., Westbury Library, 445 Jefferson St.; free; 516-333-0176; westburylibrary.org

FEB. 20

UNIONDALE

CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Richard Ashby Jr., artist-storyteller and librarian, shares the story of Henry Box Brown, an enslaved man from Virginia who mailed himself to freedom in Philadelphia. Dance Xplosion, a local dance group, will also perform dances that honor black history; organized by the library’s Junior Friends, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; free, refreshments and goody bags provided; 516-489-2220; uniondalelibrary.org

FEB. 21

BABYLON

LECTURE: SLAVERY AND THE PRESIDENCY

Learn about the history of slavery, hear stories of a Revolutionary War hero, an important White House dinner, dramatic escapes and more, 7-8:30 p.m., Babylon Library, 24 S. Carll Ave.; free, register; for adults only; 631-669-1624;

babylonlibrary.org

BRENTWOOD

‘HARRIET, ROSA AND ME’

A musical play that tells the story of a high school student who skips school to avoid attending her black history class and encounters two women, Rosa (as in Parks), and Harriet (as in Tubman). Together, they share the importance of black history; audience discussion follows the show, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Van Nostrand Theatre, Suffolk County Community College, 1001 Crooked Hill Rd.; $8, reserve; 631-851-6589, sunysuffolk.edu/spotlight

HEMPSTEAD

BLACK HISTORY DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: ‘HIP HOP EVOLUTION

A screening of the first two episodes of the musical documentary series (2016, not rated, 1:30) to explore the development of hip-hop music, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct.; free; 516-481-6990; hempsteadlibrary.info

NORTHPORT

DISCUSSION: FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM: AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY ON LI

Stony Brook University professor Jennifer Anderson highlights significant contributions African-Americans have made to Long Island’s history, including the transition from slavery to freedom in the early 19th century and the development of vibrant, historically black churches and communities, 7 p.m., Northport-East Northport Library, 151 Laurel Ave.; free; 631-261-6930; nenpl.org

UNIONDALE

FILM: ‘THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM

African-American history family film (2013, rated PG, 1:27), starring Bryce Clyde Jenkins, Harrison Knight and Skai Jackson, about a road trip with experiences that give the family a newfound courage to stand up for what is right, 2 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; 516-489-2220; uniondalelibrary.org

FEB. 22

BRENTWOOD

WEST AFRICAN MOVES

Children ages 6-8 learn West African dance steps and combinations, 6-7 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free, register; 631-273-7883;

brentwoodnylibrary.org

GARDEN CITY

AFRICAN-AMERICAN BUSINESS EXPO

Learn about different products and services, networking opportunities, expanding your customer base, plus meet business leaders and more; presented by Long Island African American Chamber Inc., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Nassau Community College, 1 Education Dr.; $20; 516-572-0670; liaacc.org LAWRENCE

LECTURE: SLAVERY AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY

Lecture on the tangled past of slavery and American presidency, 1 p.m., Peninsula Library, 280 Central Ave.; free, register; 516-239-3262, ext. 216; peninsulapublic.org

FEB. 23

EAST NORTHPORT

MOVIE: ‘MARSHALL’

Biographical drama (2017, PG-13. 1:58) starring Chadwick Boseman, about a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases, 2 p.m., Northport-East Northport Public Library, 185 Larkfield Rd., free; 631-261-2313; nenpl.org

ELMONT

‘A TALE FROM THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: RUNNING SCARED, RUNNING FREE

Join in for an award-winning suspenseful presentation of three harrowing and inspiring intertwined stories set in 1850s New York in the year the Fugitive Slave Act was imposed, presented by St. George Productions, 12:30 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke.; free; 516-354-5280, ext. 1002; elmontlibrary.org

FREEPORT

DREAM BIG

Students in grades 2-4 are invited to learn about the contributions of African-Americans to whaling, touch some of the navigational tools they used and create their own “I Have a Dream” pillow, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd.; $1 nonrefundable materials fee due at time of registration; 516-379-3274; freeportlibrary.info

HUNTINGTON

GOSPEL MUSIC

Celebration of soulful music with gospel singer Deacon Leon Jamison, featuring local choirs and artwork by Huntington digital artist Alexander Leon Jamison, 8 p.m., Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave.; $16, reserve, includes reception; 631-423-7611; cinemaartscentre.org

MINEOLA

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

CELEBRATION

The Nassau County Courts Black History Month Committee and The Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association host their annual Black History Month celebration, featuring entertainment and an art exhibition. This year’s honorees are Justice Sharon M.J. Gianelli of the state Supreme Court; Robert L. Olden Sr., former Tuskegee Airman; and Barbara A. Mitchell, senior court clerk of the Supreme Court. Also, a special tribute will be awarded to the Honorable Jerald S. Carter; refreshments served, 12:30 p.m., Nassau County Supreme Court, Ceremonial Courtroom, 100 Supreme Court Dr.; free; 516-493-3262.

UNIONDALE

BLACK HISTORY FAMILY PROGRAM

A fun-filled musical program, presented by KG Group Entertainment, 2-3 p.m.; Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; free; 516-489-2220, uniondalelibrary.org

FEB. 24

BRIDGEHAMPTON

BOOK DISCUSSION: ‘BLACK GUN, SILVER STAR’: THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF FRONTIER MARSHAL BASS REEVES

Discussion of the book by author Art T. Burton; refreshments served, 2 p.m., Hampton Library, 2478 Main St.; free; 631-537-0015;

hamptonlibrary.org

ELMONT

CONCERT: THE PERFECT PITCH PROJECT

A unique musical experience welcoming jazz aficionados or simply lovers of good music, 2 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke.; free; 516-354-5280;

elmontlibrary.org

FREEPORT

‘COTTON’: THE DREAM OF HOPE OF THE SLAVE IN SPIRITUALS AND SLAVE NARRATIVES

Audiovisual tribute to remember and honor the journey and plight of the African-American slave by highlighting historical slave narratives, gospel, soul music and famous spirituals, 2:30 p.m., Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd.; free; 516-379-3274; freeportlibrary.info

HEMPSTEAD

KG GROUP SALUTES BLACK

HISTORY MONTH

A dance and vocal group of alumni from a local school district honors black history through songs, tributes, poetry and dance, 3 p.m., Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct.; free; 516-481-6990; hempsteadlibrary.info

ROCKVILLE CENTRE

FIND YOUR HEROES

Carol Peels, a certified genealogist, helps you find your family’s heroes, from the antebellum period through the civil rights era, 1-2:30 p.m., Lakeview Public Library, 1120 Woodfield Rd.; free, register; 516-536-3071;

nassaulibrary.org/lakeview

ROOSEVELT

THREADS: LONG ISLAND’S FASHION DESIGNERS OF COLOR

Fashion symposium, panelists from the fashion industry speak about fashion trends, production sales, textiles, the business of fashion and how to start your own fashion line, noon, Roosevelt Library, 27 W. Fulton Ave.; free; 516-378-0222; rooseveltlibrary.org

UNIONDALE

DIY BLACK HISTORY TRAYS

Teens in grades 6-12 can decorate sturdy wooden trays with images celebrating African-American history, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; free, register; 516-489-2220;

uniondalelibrary.org

WEST BABYLONSTEVIE WONDER TRIBUTE

Along with the SFS Trio, Rhonda Denét performs the music of Stevie Wonder, 2-3 p.m., West Babylon Public Library, 211 Rte. 109; free, tickets required; 631-669-5445; wbpl.us

FEB. 25

BRENTWOODHISTORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC

Join Jerome “City” Smith and the City Sounds Music Ensemble in celebrating Black History Month with tributes to various artists and Motown and gospel greats, 2-3:30 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free, register; 631-273-7883;

brentwoodnylibrary.org

FREEPORTLECTURE: ‘OPERA IN EBONY

Tribute to legendary African-American singers who performed at prestigious venues such as the Metropolitan Opera House, La Scala and the Royal Opera House, 2:30 p.m., Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd.; free, register; 516-379-3274; freeportlibrary.info

LONG BEACHCONCERT: THE SUGAR AND SPICE SOUL BAND

Listen to music from Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, The Temptations and more, 2 p.m., Long Beach Library, 111 W. Park Ave.; free; 516-432-7201; longbeachlibrary.org

PATCHOGUECONCERT: STEEL IMPRESSIONS BAND

Celebrate Black History Month with a performance by this family steel band, featuring the sounds of calypso, reggae and contemporary music on state-of-the-art steel pans, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Patchogue-Medford Library, 54-60 E. Main St.; free; 631-654-4700; pmlib.org

PORT JEFFERSONBLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION: FROM JAZZ TO SOUL

The Rhonda Denét Trio performs songs from the 1930s through the ’70s, celebrating classics from the jazz of Duke Ellington to Sam Cooke, “The King of Soul,” 2-3 p.m., Port Jefferson Library, 100 Thompson St., free; 631-473-0022; portjefflibrary.org

SAG HARBOR

‘LIFT EVERY VOICE’: A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC, CULTURE AND TRADITION

A panel of speakers representing musical history and tradition from diverse communities, including African-American and American Indian cultures, reflect on social implications, politics, diplomacy, civil society and a vast range of views that reflect the diversity that music encompasses. There will be presentations, including musical performances, followed by a Q&A; meet-and-greet reception in the lobby follows with a cash bar and light refreshments, 2-4 p.m., Bay Street Theater and Sag Harbor Center for the Arts, Main and Bay streets; $15 advance, $20 at the door; 631-749-0626; sylvestermanor.org/black-history-month-2018

SOUTHAMPTON

A PERFORMANCE IN WORDS AND MUSIC OF MILESTONE NEGRO SPIRITUALS

Join Hilliard Greene, a composer and performer of solo contrabass music, for an illustrated performance of Negro spirituals, many of which were coded in order to allow runaway slaves to elude capture; reception to follow, 3 p.m., Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Rd.; free, register, includes reception; 631-283-0774; myrml.org

FEB. 27

AMITYVILLETHE TOWN OF BABYLON’S ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION

“African-Americans in Times of War,” featuring local guest speakers, performances and vendors, presented by Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer and the town Department of Human Services, 6 p.m., Amityville Memorial High School, 250 Merrick Rd.; free; 631-464-4340;

nwsdy.li/tobbhmBALDWINSAMMY DAVIS JR.: LIFE AND CAREER

Multimedia program features videos of Sammy Davis Jr. reflecting on his life and career, 2-3:30 p.m., Baldwin Library, 2385 Grand Ave.; free, register; 516-223-6228, baldwinpl.org

GARDEN CITYSPEAKER/COMEDIAN AMANDA SEALES

Celebrate Black History Month with Amanda Seales, formerly known by her stage name Amanda Diva, an American comedian, actress, DJ, recording artist and radio personality. Aside from her solo career, she was also a touring member of the musical group Floetry, 11:30 a.m., the multipurpose room in the College Center Building, Nassau Community College, 1 Education Dr.; free; 516-572-7376; ncc.edu

NORTH BABYLONLECTURE: ‘CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY: WE HAVE COME THIS FAR BY OUR OWN HANDS

Presented by Marsha J. Tyson Darling, professor of history and director of the Center for African, Black & Caribbean Studies at Adelphi University, 7-8:30 p.m., North Babylon Public Library, 815 Deer Park Ave.; free, register; 631-669-4020;

northbabylonpl.org

FEB. 28

BRENTWOOD‘AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN TIMES OF WAR

Celebrate hundreds of years of African-American culture, history and achievement. Members of the Brentwood and Central Islip communities who have contributed to our society will be honored. Food and light refreshments will be served; presented by Suffolk Legis. Monica R. Martinez, 6-8:30 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free; 631-853-3700;

brentwoodnylibrary.org

GARDEN CITYLECTURE: ‘STOLEN JUSTICE: THE SUPREME COURT AND THE COMING OF JIM CROW

A discussion of how the U.S. Supreme Court, in a series of cases from the 1870s to 1903, rewrote the 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution, allowing Southern states to usher in the era of Jim Crow, 7 p.m., held in the Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom, Ruth S. Harley University Center, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave.; free; 516-877-4978;

students.adelphi.edu/sa/uc

PATCHOGUE‘JOURNEY THROUGH AMERICAN HISTORY

Join Carol A. Gordon from Unspoken History Treasures (a private collection of more than 40 years of African-American artifacts). She will present African-American history using actual museum-quality artifacts, 7 p.m., Patchogue-Medford Library, 54-60 E. Main St.; free, register; 631-654-4700; pmlib.org

UNIONDALEBLACK HISTORY FILM: ‘GOOD HAIR

Documentary, comedy (2009, rated PG-13, 1:36). Comedian Chris Rock examines the role of hair in the African-American community and its effect on cultural identity. Features interviews with Maya Angelou, Nia Long, Ice-T, Raven Symone and others, 2 p.m., free, register, Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; 516-489-2220; uniondalelibrary.org

— Compiled by Gina Tabarus

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