Black History Month will be observed on the campuses of the City University of New York with film screenings, exhibitions, performances and other activities. Examples of these events (free, except where indicated) are:
Medgar Evers College 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn (718) 270-5143 Feb. 5 – The College Auditorium: Medgar Evers College will debut Spike Lee’s “4 Little Girls,” a film chronicling the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, the loss of young life and the impact this event had on the Civil Rights Movement. The screening is by invitation only.
Queensborough Community College 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside (718) 631-6327 Feb. 1 – 28, QCC Art Gallery, open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Special appointments can be arranged on weekends. The College will exhibit part of celebrated lensman Danny Lyon’s photographic essay titled “Memories of the Civil Rights Movement.”
Feb. 1 – 30, Library. A collection of materials honoring the historical contributions of African Americans. The College Library, throughout February.
Feb. 17, 12 noon – Campus Center Lounge TV room. Screening of “Soul Food.”
Feb. 17th, 12 noon – Campus Center Lounge TV room. Screening of “Malcolm X.”
Feb. 24th, 12 noon – Campus Center Lounge TV room. Screening of “Miss Ever’s Boys.”
Feb. 24th, 12 noon – QCC Theater. Five actors from the hit Broadway play “The Life” (including three Tony-Award winners) will perform cuts from Shakespeare’s “Othello,” discuss the condition and status of Black performers in today’s theatre, and relay how a Broadway show is produced.
Feb. 22, 3 pm – QCC Theater. “The Big Band Salute to the Music That Won World War II,” starring the Harry James Orchestra, The Lancers vocal group, Marilyn King of the King Sisters, and trumpet virtuoso Fred Radke. Tickets $27, $24, and $21.
Feb. 25th, 12 noon – Campus Center Lounge. A finale celebration highlighted by an African dance performance by QCC students and a piano performance by noted jazz and gospel singer L.D. Frazier.
Queens College 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing (718) 997-3670 Feb. 10 – May 28, The Louis Armstrong House and Archives, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Mon. to Fri. 10 am – 5 pm. Sat. 12 noon – 5 pm: appointments recommended. “This is My Home! Louis and Lucille Armstrong’s Love of Corona.” The home life of Louis Armstrong in Corona, Queens, as documented through snapshots, scrapbooks, magazine articles, audio, video, and Louis’s own manuscripts.
Brooklyn College Bedford Avenue and Avenue H (718) 951-5882 Feb. 10, 6:30 pm – Student Union Building. “African Connections,” a reading by Professor Emerita Violeta. Feb, 23, 4:25 pm – Student Union Building. “Slavery Revisited: Blacks and the Southern Convict Lease System, 1865-1933,” a reading by Professor Mildred Fierce.
Herbert H. Lehman College 250 Bedford Park Blvd, Bronx (718) 960-8211 Through Feb. 20 – Lehman College Library Gallery, open Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 10 pm; Friday 9-5; Saturday 10-6; Sunday Noon-4. “A Tribute to African-American Inventors and Achievers,” with replicas of inventions and innovations of late-19th century African Americans.
Feb. 10, 2 pm – Lovinger Theatre. The Joan Miller’s Dance Players, the Lehman College resident dance company, will present “Shades of Diversity, featuring new choreography by guest Diane Harvey and a demonstration of traditional African dance,.
Feb. 26, 10 and 11:45 am – Lehman Center Concert Hall. The Spirit Ensemble’s musical tribute to black history in its Young People’s Series for Bronx students.
Feb. 28 – Lehman Center. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Gospel Concert, celebrating the life and works of the civil rights leader, featuring Minister Roger Hambrick and The Bronx Mass Choir, performers Lorraine Stancil, Shabach and S.L. Whitfield and Tempress, and a dramatization of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by the Green Pastures Baptist Church Drama Guild. Tickets/donations: $5.
York College 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica (718) 262-2354 Feb. 2, 4:00 pm – Academic Core Building room 4MO6, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard Poets and Fictions Writers of York College present a reading titled “African American Read In Chain, 4:00 pm.
Feb. 20, 7:00 pm – Performing Arts Center Auditorium. Salute to Ida B. Wells: African American History Celebration, a performance featuring Gospel group MEN, York College Jazz Ensemble with Myrna Lake, African Dimensions Dance Group, and the DeVore Dance Company. For tickets call (718) 262-2354.
Hunter College 68th St. and Lexington Ave. (212) 772-4068 Feb. 3 – Mar. 21, The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery – Monday to Saturday 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Hunter College presents “Roots and Reeds: The Amazing Grace of the Gullah People,” an exhibition that brings together diverse works of art that explore the culture and art of the Gullah people, descendants of African slaves who lived in relative isolation on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina, Georgia, and northern Florida.
Baruch College 17 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street (212) 802-2881 Feb. 6 – Mar. 4 – The Sidney Mishkin Gallery, 135 East 22nd Street – Monday to Friday 12 noon to 5 pm, except Thursdays, 12 noon to 7 pm. “Jazz Odyssey: A Retrospective of Photographs by Milt Hinton” – an exhibit of the photographs of Milton J. Hinton, renowned jazz bassist and dedicated chronicler of jazz musicians at work and play. Mr. Hilton’s subjects include Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald and others.
Feb. 10, 6pm – The Conference Center. A lecture entitled “Our Spirits Soar: Reclaiming African Culture and History,” by Dr. Molefi Asante, professor, Department of African-American studies, Temple University.
Feb. 11, 5:30pm – 17 Lexington Avenue, Room 1303. Film screening and discussion of “The Harder They Come.”
Feb. 19, 12:45 pm – Room 1303. Film screening and discussion of “All Power to the People.”
Feb. 26, 12:45 pm – 17 Lexington Avenue, Room 1557. A panel discussion on “The History of Black and Hispanic Studies at Baruch College and CUNY.”
LaGuardia Community College 31-10 Thomson Av., Long Island City (718) 482-5060 Feb. 8, 2 pm – Performing Arts Center. Traditional African fables and folk tales are brought to life in a blend of folk music, narrative and traditional dance by the Sabr Ak Ru Afriq company. Tickets $8.
Feb. 17, 2 pm – Performing Arts Center. “Brother Malcolm X,” a one-man show stars Duane Shepard who portrays Malcolm’s life from his early days in Michigan through his split with the Nation of Islam.