2019 marks the 400th year of African presence in America. Blacks slaves came in shackles and had to endure the most inhumane existence. In the course of the struggle for freedom, dignity and human rights, which is still un-going, an amazing creativity, spirituality, gift for music, sports and the arts emerged which has helped transform America.
For a full event list, visit Black History Month Kingston.
Now through February 23, a posthumous exhibition in the East gallery of the art by three late black artists from Ulster County
The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston
• Ben Wigfall (1930-2017) of Kingston
• Ernest Frazer (1942 – 2004) of Saugerties
• Claurice Fuller (? – 2017) of Woodstock
Wednewsday, Feb. 20, 6pm – 8pm It’s All About You! Youth Talent Show
Rondout Neighborhood Center, 105 Broadway (Free)
Thursday., Feb. 21, 6pm – 8pm Soul Food Gospel Night
Rondout Neighborhood Center, 105 Broadway, (Free)
Friday, Feb. 22, 7:30pm Rhapsody in Black
Bardavon Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway (Free)
Rhapsody in Black is a one-man show that explores LeLandGantt’s personal journey to understanding and eventually transcending racism in America.
Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 1pm – 3pm Family Maple Sugaring Experience
African Roots Library, 43 Gill Street (Free)
A delicious day of tasting maple snacks, walking to the “sugar bush”, tapping and giving thanks to the maple trees, boiling sap into sweet syrup, and singing maple songs.
Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 7pm – 11pm Harambee presents The BHM Kingston Gala
La Mirage Restaurant & Catering, 423 Broadway, Ulster Park, NY ($75)
Sunday, Feb. 24th, 1pm – 3pm Native American Truth & Reconciliation
Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall Street (Free)
Commemorating the Native American lives lost in the 1643 Pavonia Massacre. Featuring Dawnland, a new documentary on the recent Maine/Wabanaki Truth & Reconciliation Commission.
Sunday, Feb. 24th, 4pm – 6pm Re-Publishing Black History
the idea garden, 346 Broadway (Free)
Nine artists, writers, community leaders “Re-Publish” Black History through writing, imagery and design to create posters, placards and zines, in the D.R.A.W. studio.
Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 6pm – 8pm Black Pride
African Roots Library, 43 Gill Street. (Free)
Learn about, celebrate & discuss Black LGBTQ Leaders. A community conversation about fully inclusive Black Pride, and how we build through true unity.
Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm Unity In The Community Dinner
Kingston High School, Cafeteria, 403 Broadway (Free)
Thursday, Feb. 28th, 4pm – 6pm 2nd Annual Everett Hodge Day Celebration: Crossing The Line To Freedom
Everett Hodge Center, 21 Franklin St. (Free)
Learn about the black history of Kingston and the African lives of those buried in the AME Mount Zion cemeteries.
Thursday, Feb. 28th, 6pm – 9pm BHM Kingston Closing Celebration!
UC Restorative Justice Center, 733 Broadway, (Free)
Music, food, fun, art on display, projects and pictures created within the community throughout Black History Month.