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Black History Month events on LI

"A Raisin in the Sun," starring Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier, is being shown in East Hampton on Feb. 10. Photo Credit: Everett Collection / Columbia Pictures

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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’s 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. Feb. 18. 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. 4

AMITYVILLE

CONCERT: STEEL IMPRESSIONS

The family steel band from Amity ville performs the “Love Boat Cruise,” a festive musical journey from Florida to the Caribbean islands, South America and back without leaving Long Island, 2-3 p.m. at Amityville Library, Oak and John streets; free; 631-264-0567; amityvillepubliclibrary.org

FREEPORT

‘JOURNEY FROM JOHANNESBURG’

Toby Tobias tells the story of his journey over two continents through song as well as vignettes about life growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in Jerusalem and New York. The show’s message is one of racial equality and understanding other cultures and religions, 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd.; free; register; 516-379-3274, freeportlibrary.info

LONG BEACH

DINAH WASHINGTON TRIBUTE

Diane Hoffman performs a musical tribute to Dinah Washington, 2 p.m. at Long Beach Library, 111 W. Park Ave.; free; 516-432-7201, longbeachlibrary.org

RIVERHEAD

SPOTLIGHT ON THE AUTHORS

To celebrate Black History Month, join in to read several stories by African-American authors and illustrators and create artwork based on the stories read, 2-2:45 p.m. at Riverhead Library, 330 Court St.; free; 631-727-3228, riverheadlibrary.org

UNIONDALE

A MUSICAL TRIBUTE: ELLA AND LENA

A black history tribute performed by the Don Hanson Quartet, features tunes by Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne, along with notable tunes by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Sarah Vaughan, 2-3:30 p.m. at Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; free; 516-489-2220, uniondalelibrary.org

WESTBURY

FRANK AND ELLA: A TRIBUTE

Rhonda Denét and Steve Kazlaskas perform a musical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, featuring the music of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others, 2:30 p.m. at Westbury Library, 445 Jefferson St.; free; 516-333-0176, westburylibrary.org

FEB. 5

BABYLON

PYRRHUS AND GEORGE: TWO FRIENDS WHO TRANSFORMED SOUTHAMPTON

Tom Edmonds, executive director of the Southampton Historical Museum, gives a PowerPoint presentation on these two 19th century men whose influence on Southampton can still be seen today, 7-8 p.m. at Babylon Library, 24 S. Carll Ave.; free, register; 631-669-1624, babylonlibrary.org

BRENTWOOD

AFRICAN DRUMS

Children ages 6-12 are invited to learn the importance of drums in African culture and create a colorful drum to take home and play. Bring an empty coffee can with lid, |5-6 p.m. at Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free, register; 631-273-7883, brentwoodnylibrary.org

GARDEN CITY

MARLON COLE

Playwright Marlon Cole shares his inspiration for writing as well as his views on the state of African-American literature, 11 a.m., held in the multipurpose room in the College Center Building at Nassau Community College, 1 Education Dr.; free, register; 516-572-7376; ncc.edu

FEB. 6

BOHEMIA

‘MEN OF COLOR TO ARMS’: ISLIP TOWN AND THE UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS

Islip Town historian George Munkenbeck discusses the contribution of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) to the Union victory in the Civil War, and the men from the Town of Islip who served in the USCT, 7-8:30 p.m. at Connetquot Public Library, 760 Ocean Ave.; free; 631-567-5079, connetquotlibrary.org

HEMPSTEAD

FREEDOM QUILTS

Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to celebrate Black History Month by learning about and creating freedom quilts, presented in conjunction with the Long Island Children’s Museum, 4 p.m. at Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct.; 50-cent fee for materials, register; 516-481-6990, hempsteadlibrary.info

HUNTINGTON

CLASSIC SOUL MUSIC: 1950s-1970s

Soul music was part of the fight for civil rights and equality in the arts. Listen and enjoy music film clips of musicians that record labels such as Chess, Motown and Stax brought to stardom, including Chuck Berry, Otis Redding, Gladys Knight, the O’Jays and James Brown, 7:30 p.m. at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave.; $16, tickets include reception; 631-423-7611; cinemaartscentre.org

FEB. 7

BALDWIN

THE POWER OF SONG AND DANCE

KG Group Entertainment conducts an interactive program to celebrate great African-Americans, 7-7:45 p.m. at Baldwin Library, 2385 Grand Ave.; free, register; 516-223-6228, baldwinpl.org

GARDEN CITY

‘W.E.B. DU BOIS: A MAN FOR ALL TIMES’

Biographical play by Alexa Kelly about the life and times of the great civil rights activist, presented by Nassau Community College’s Black History Committee, 11 a.m. at Nassau Community College, 1 Education Dr.; free; 516-572-7376, ncc.edu

HEMPSTEAD

MOVIE: ‘WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?’

Biographical documentary (2015, not rated, 1:41) explores the life and art of the brilliant musician Nina Simone, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct.; free; 516-481-6990, hempsteadlibrary.info

PORT WASHINGTON

SONGS OF PROTEST: REFRAMING THE CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE IN AMERICA

Olivia Harris, Brinae Ali, Solomon Hoffman and friends perform the music of Nina Simone, Sam Cooke and Stevie Wonder along with songs by contemporary black songwriters. Also, a panel of musicians, educators and activists will engage with the audience to explore the historical background of the songs and their implications for today and the future, 7 p.m., Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St.; free; 516-767-6444; landmarkonmainstreet.org

WYANDANCH

CONCERT: HARLEM BLUES & JAZZ BAND

Come see a performance by this group comprised of living jazz legends who have played on the same stage with Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others, noon-1 p.m., in the Diggs-Simpson Auditorium at the Wyandanch Public Library, 14 S. 20th St.; free; 631-643-4848, wyan.suffolk.lib.ny.us

FEB. 8

BELLPORT

WEST AFRICAN DANCE

In honor of Black History Month, Khadijah Abdus-Samad of Rhythm and Culture Dance Center in Bay Shore will teach you the lively art of West African dance. Class starts with a warmup, an African spiritual dance, an across-the-floor segment followed by a cool-down. Dress in comfortable clothing and wear appropriate footwear, 7 p.m. at South Country Library, 22 Station Rd.; free; 631-286-0818, sctylib.org

BRENTWOOD

PEACE WREATH

Learn about the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., then create a unique peace wreath using your thumbprints; for children ages 4-7, 5:30-6:15 p.m. at Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free; 631-273-7883; brentwoodnylibrary.org

GARDEN CITY

MARC LAMONT HILL

The award-winning journalist, host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN will speak about race, politics and American life, 11:30 a.m., Room 252/253, Nassau Community College, 1 Education Dr.; free; 516-572-9634; ncc.edu

FEB. 9

BELLPORT

TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLIN

Rhonda Denét performs classics from Aretha Franklin. A dessert buffet follows the performance, 7 p.m. at South Country Library, 22 Station Rd.; free; 631-286-0818, sctylib.org

BRENTWOOD

SNACK AROUND THE WORLD: AFRICA

Celebrate by having sweet and salty treats from different countries in Africa. While snacking, learn a bit about the continent, for teens ages 13-17, 3-4 p.m. at Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free, register; 631-273-7883, brentwoodnylibrary.org

ELMONT

LECTURE: ‘TO POSSESS A HUMAN SOUL: SLAVERY AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY’

Marilyn Carminio discusses the stories of a Revolutionary War hero, a celebrated White House chef, learn about the first White House memoir written by a slave, relive dramatic escapes and so many more voices rarely heard, 12:30 p.m. at Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke.; free; 516-354-5280, elmontlibrary.org

HUNTINGTON

CONCERT: PAIGE PATTERSON

Paige Patterson performs, along with Grammy-winning saxophonist Jack O’Neal, the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone, 8 p.m. at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave. Tickets are $16 and include a reception; 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org

ROOSEVELT

MOVIE: ‘DARK GIRLS’

Documentary (2011, not rated, 1:11) exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color, particularly dark-skinned women, outside of and within the black American culture, 1 p.m. at Roosevelt Library, 27 W. Fulton Ave.; free; 516-378-0222, rooseveltlibrary.org

FEB. 10

BRIDGEHAMPTON

FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: ‘LOVING’

Showing of the biography, drama, romance film (2016, PG-13, 2:03), starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, about Richard and Mildred Loving, whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision, followed by a discussion, 1 p.m. at Hampton Library, 2478 Main St.; free; 631-537-0015, hamptonlibrary.org

EAST HAMPTON

MOVIE: ‘A RAISIN IN THE SUN’

Drama (1961, not rated, 2:08) starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee, about a substantial insurance payment that could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family, 2 p.m. at East Hampton Library, 159 Main St.; free; 631-324-0222, easthamptonlibrary.org

HEMPSTEAD

CONCERT: THE DON HANSON QUARTET

Take part in a swinging afternoon of jazz music, 2-3:30 p.m. at Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct.; free; 516-481-6990, hempsteadlibrary.info

RIVERHEAD

‘THE COLORED GIRL FROM LONG ISLAND’

In a series of remembrances, historian and genealogist Sandi Brewster-Walker recalls her Native American and African-American roots while growing up on Long Island in the 1940s and 1950s, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Riverhead Library, 330 Court St.; free, register; 631-727-3228, riverheadlibrary.org

ROCKVILLE CENTRE

BLACK HISTORY MUSICAL EXPEDITION

Elder Jeffrey Ballard will entertain you with a diverse range of music and musical genres largely developed by African-Americans, 1-2:30 p.m. at Lakeview Public Library, 1120 Woodfield Rd.; free, register; 516-536-3071, nassaulibrary.org/lakeview

ROOSEVELT

LOVE AND RELATIONSHIP WORKSHOP: FILM AND DISCUSSION

Presented by Nassau/Suffolk Association of Black Social Workers, 2 p.m. at Roosevelt Library, 27 W. Fulton Ave.; free; 516-378-0222, rooseveltlibrary.org

UNIONDALE

PIONEERING QUARTERBACK

Video clips of the first black quarterback, Joe Gilliam, to start in the NFL in 1974; discussion led by Gilliam’s brother, Craig, follows, 2-3:30 p.m. at Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; free; 516-489-2220, uniondalelibrary.org

UNIONDALE

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: AFRICAN-AMERICAN GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Learn how genealogy research is conducted and how to address roadblocks unique to African-American genealogy, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; free, register; 516-489-2220, uniondalelibrary.org

WESTBURY

CELEBRATION: HONORING THE PAST, INSPIRING THE FUTURE

Join Westbury Arts for a special black history celebration with an emphasis on African culture. The program includes African drummers and dancers, storytelling and a PanaFest presentation, 2-5 p.m., Westbury Recreation Center, 348 Post Ave.; free, includes refreshments; 516-400-2787; westburyarts.org

FEB. 11

GLEN COVE

OPERA IN EBONY

Tanisha Mitchell offers a presentation that pays tribute to legendary African-American singers who performed at prestigious venues, 2 p.m., Glen Cove Library, 4 Glen Cove Ave.; free, register; 516-676-2130; glencovelibrary.org

LONG BEACH

CONCERT: CODY CHILDS & THE LADIES OF SOUL

Hear the music of Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, 3 p.m. at Long Beach Library, 111 W. Park Ave.; free; 516-432-7201, longbeachlibrary.org

WESTBURY

AFRICAN-AMERICAN READ-IN

Works written by African-American authors will be read by school students. The goal of the Read-In chain is to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. Music will be performed by Westbury School District students, 2:30 p.m. at Westbury Library, 445 Jefferson St.; free; 516-333-0176, westburylibrary.org

FEB. 12

HUNTINGTON

MOVIE: ‘THE BIG BEAT: FATS DOMINO AND THE BIRTH OF ROCK N’ ROLL’

Documentary (2016, not rated, 1:30) traces how Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues morphed into rock and roll, appealing to both black and white audiences, 7:30 p.m., Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave.; $16, includes a reception with the director, Joe Lauro; 631-423-7611; cinemaartscentre.org

MASSAPEQUA PARK

FOOTSTEPS OF A FORGOTTEN SOLDIER

Take a walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldier and Town of Oyster Bay native David Carll, as told by his descendants, Denice Evans Sheppard and Francis S. Carl, 2 p.m., Massapequa Library, Bar Harbour Branch, 40 Harbor Lane; free; 516-799-0770; massapequalibrary.org

SOUTHAMPTON

MOVIE: ‘LOVING’

Showing of the biography, drama, romance film (2016, PG-13, 2:03) starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, about Richard and Mildred Loving, whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision, 3 p.m., Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Rd.; free, register; 631-283-0774; myrml.org

WESTBURY

SOUL COOKING WITH CHEF LEISA

Enjoy a meal prepared by Chef Leisa from LL Dent Restaurant in Carle Place. She will demonstrate how to prepare favorite Southern dishes such as fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and peach cobbler. 7 p.m., Westbury Library, 445 Jefferson St.; $7, register, limited space; 516-333-0176; westburylibrary.org

FEB. 13

LOCUST VALLEY

LECTURE: OPERA IN EBONY

Pays tribute to legendary African-American singers who performed at prestigious venues such as the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and the Royal Opera House; sound clips featuring Marian Anderson, Leontyne Price, Paul Robeson and George Shirley will be included, 6:30 p.m., Locust Valley Library, 170 Buckram Rd.; free, register; 516-671-1837; locustvalleylibrary.org

LONG BEACH

SLAVERY AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY

Learn about the lives of those enslaved who were in proximity to American presidents through stories and vivid portraits. Hear how they made sense of their existence as humans. During the journey, you will meet a Revolutionary War hero, relive dramatic escapes, become acquainted with the first African-American athletes and more, 2 p.m., Long Beach Library, 111 W. Park Ave.; free; 516-432-7201; longbeachlibrary.org

STILL WE RISE: OPEN MIC

Celebrate the contributions of African-Americans with Councilwoman Anissa Moore and the city of Long Beach through literature and song; participants will have the opportunity to perform poetry, short fiction readings, acoustic music performances and monologues from black writers, poets and authors, 7 p.m., Long Beach Library, 111 W. Park Ave.; free; 516-432-7201; longbeachlibrary.org

NORTH BABYLON

’A 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, 7-8:30 p.m., North Babylon Public Library, 815 Deer Park Ave.; free, register; 631-669-4020; northbabylonpl.org

NORTH PATCHOGUE

KEEPING THE CHANGE ALIVE

Odell A. Bizzell II will be the guest speaker at the Office of Multicultural Student Life’s Black History Month celebration in the McGann Conference Room, 1-2 p.m., St. Joseph’s College, 155 W. Roe Blvd.; free; 631-687-4593; sjcny.edu

FEB. 14

BABYLON

AFRICAN-AMERICAN AUTHORS BOOK CLUB

Discuss the book “Kindred,” a time-travel and slave narrative novel by Octavia Butler, 7-8 p.m., Babylon Library, 24 S. Carll Ave.; free; 631-669-1624; babylonlibrary.org

FEB. 15

AMITYVILLE

AFRICAN MASKS

Discover African culture and design your own mask, for children in grades 2 through 6, 4-5 p.m., Amityville Library, Oak and John streets; free, register; 631-264-0567; amityvillepubliclibrary.org

BRENTWOOD

MLK JR. CERAMIC PUZZLE PIECES

Decorate ceramic pieces that fit together like a puzzle to commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King’s work bringing people together as a nation, for teens ages 13-17, 5-6 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free, register; for Brentwood residents only; 631-273-7883; brentwoodnylibrary.org

BRENTWOOD

I GOT THE RHYTHM: AFRICAN DANCE

Have fun learning the basic steps of West African dance with African music. Learn some traditional West African songs and dance games too, 6-7 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free, register; for Brentwood residents only; 631-273-7883; brentwoodnylibrary.org

FREEPORT

ETHNIC GROUPS OF THE EMPIRE CITY: AFRICAN- AMERICANS OF HARLEM

Discussion of the African-American chapter of New York City history, and how African-Americans participated in the phenomenal growth of New York City following the Civil War, 2 p.m., Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd.; free, register; 516-379-3274, freeportlibrary.info

GARDEN CITY

AFRICAN-AMERICAN READ-IN

Join the Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies for the African-American Read-In, as we read from the literary works of black authors including Langston Hughes, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Gwendolyn Brooks and others, 4-7 p.m., Ruth S. Harley University Center-Fireplace Lounge, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave.; free, reserve; 516-877-4978, students.adelphi.edu/sa/uc

HUNTINGTON STATION

WOMEN OF COLOR

The Town of Huntington honors Margaret Breland for her volunteer work for Town of Huntington families and children in need, and Henrietta Lacks (in memoriam), for her impact on the medical field. Event is open to the public, no reservations are required and will include guest speakers, music, dinner and more, 7 p.m. at Jack Abrams Stem Magnet School, 155 Lowndes Ave.; free; 631-351-2842; huntingtonny.gov

LAWRENCE

MEDIA LECTURE: LEGENDARY PERFORMER LENA HORNE

Look back at the life of actress, civil rights activist, dancer and singer Lena Horne, 1 p.m., Peninsula Library, 280 Central Ave.; free; 516-239-3262 ext. 216; peninsulapublic.org

LONG BEACH

CONVERSATION IN BLACK

“Celebrating Black Beauty,” join Councilwoman Anissa Moore and special guests to discuss African-American women and images of beauty; 7:30 p.m., Long Beach Library, 111 W. Park Ave.; free; 516-432-7201; longbeachlibrary.org

UNIONDALE

BLACK HISTORY FILM: ‘LOVE AND BASKETBALL’

Romance (2000, rated PG-13, 2:04) starring Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps, about two people who love and play basketball through life challenges from childhood to adulthood, 2 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; free, register; 516-489-2220; uniondalelibrary.org

FEB. 16

BRENTWOOD

MOVIE: ‘HIDDEN FIGURES’

Historical biography (2017, rated PG, 2:07) about a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program, for teens ages 13-17, 6-8:30 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free, includes snacks; 631-273-7883 ext. 210; brentwoodnylibrary.org

ELMONT

‘COTTON’: THE DREAM AND HOPE OF THE SLAVE

An interactive musical presentation that highlights historical slave narratives and famous spirituals in an audiovisual tribute. Visuals include historic photos by the late world-renowned photographer Gordon Parks, 12:30 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke.; 516-354-5280; elmontlibrary.org

JERICHO

SATCHMO: LOUIS ARMSTRONG

Learn more about the life and career of American trumpeter, composer, singer and actor Louis Armstrong, 2 p.m., Jericho Library, 1 Merry Lane; free; 516-935-6790; jericholibrary.org

ROOSEVELT

MOVIE: ‘THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975’

Historical documentary (2011, not rated, 1:40) footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States, 1 p.m., Roosevelt Library, 27 W. Fulton Ave.; free; 516-378-0222; rooseveltlibrary.org

WEST BABYLON

DOCUMENTARY: ‘A BALLERINA’S TALE’

A feature documentary (2015, not rated, 1:25) on African-American ballerina Misty Copeland, 1-3 p.m., West Babylon Public Library, 211 Rte. 109; free; 631-669-5445; wbpl.us

FEB. 17

AMITYVILLE

CONCERT: FROM JAZZ TO SOUL

Tribute to African-American women who have used their voices to pave the way in music. Songs from the 1930s through the 1970s, when Ella Fitzgerald graced the stage to when Aretha Franklin ruled the airwaves, 2-3 p.m., Amityville Library, Oak and John streets; free, register; 631-264-0567; amityvillepubliclibrary.org

BRENTWOOD

A HISTORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN MILITARY SERVICE

Explore the fascinating history of more than 200 years of African-American military service, 2-3:30 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free, register; 631-273-7883; brentwoodnylibrary.org

ELMONT

CONCERT: MUSIC THE WAY IT USED TO BE

Eddie’s Starlites perform R&B classics from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, 2 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke.; free; 516-354-5280; elmontlibrary.org

HUNTINGTON

‘COTTON’: AN INTERACTIVE, MUSICAL PRESENTATION HONORING THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN SLAVE

Presentation that remembers and honors the plight of the slave through spirituals, interspersed with classic slave narratives. Visuals include historic photos, 2 p.m., Huntington Library, 338 Main St.; free, register; 631-427-5165; myhpl.org

HUNTINGTON STATION

TO ETTA WITH LOVE . . . IN THE KEY OF STEVIE

Rhonda Denèt and the Silver Fox Songs Quartet celebrate two icons of soul, Etta James and Stevie Wonder, South Huntington Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd.; free; registration began Feb. 3 for South Huntington cardholders, non-ticket holders will be seated if space allows; 631-549-4411; shpl.info

ROCKVILLE CENTRE

A CULINARY JOURNEY THROUGH BLACK HISTORY

Sean Edwards takes you on a bite-by-bite tour featuring dishes from Africa, the Caribbean, Louisiana and the South, noon-1:30 p.m., Lakeview Public Library, 1120 Woodfield Rd.; free, register by Feb. 13; 516-536-3071; nassaulibrary.org/lakeview

ROOSEVELT

CONCERT: LADY SINGS THE BLUES

Cecilia (CeCe) and Friends perform a jazz and R&B concert, 2 p.m., Roosevelt Library, 27 W. Fulton Ave.; free; 516-378-0222; rooseveltlibrary.org

SAG HARBOR

AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE READ-IN

Come read a short excerpt from a favorite work of an African-American author. Works can be fiction, nonfiction, poetry, oral history or family story, 5 p.m., Canio’s Books, 290 Main St.; free, refreshments served after the readings; 631-725-4926; caniosbooks.com

SMITHTOWN

CONCERT: A TRIBUTE TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSICIANS

Paige Patterson, accompanied by a pianist, sings love songs and an ode to the Harlem Renaissance in honor of Black History Month, 2-3 p.m., Smithtown Library Smithtown Branch, 1 North Country Rd.; free, register; 631-360-2480; smithlib.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 begins 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 — Compiled by Gina Tabarus

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