Events celebrating Black History Month on Long Island
Black History Month has its roots in 1926, when the organization now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (asalh.org) initiated the first "Negro History Week," according to the Library of Congress. In 1975, President Gerald Ford issued a message on the observance of Black History Week, and in 1976, ASALH expanded the observance to the month of February. Since then, U.S. presidents and Congress have signed proclamations and passed laws, respectively, to continue the annual monthlong observance. This year's theme is "Black Resistance in the Past, Present and Future.” Please confirm events before setting out.
THE BLACK MUSIC EXPERIENCE WINTER CONCERT
The West Islip Symphony Orchestra celebrates the work of Black composers, featuring music by Florence Price, Joseph Bologne, Coleridge-Taylor, Duke Ellington and others, 8 p.m., Beach Street Middle School, 17 Beach St., $10, $8 seniors and students, tickets sold at the door, westislipsymphony.org, 631-661-8348.
Compiled by Gina Tabarus with Sabrina Monroe, LaToya Rodriguez, Daniel Variano and Keri Wall-Treudler