How Will You Celebrate?
WTM is for the culture and what better way to honor our culture than spotlighting a few events in the city that showcase exactly what Black History Month represents. The neighborhood of Harlem is rich with culture, customs, and history so here are a few places you can venture on over to before the month is out. How will you celebrate?
“Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr.” at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
As a child I loved going to the Schomburg center with my grandmother. We’d go almost every weekend and participate in various activities from art exhibits to shows and often volunteered and helped out wherever we could. It was always a fun experience for me because there was always something new to see and learn, the people were so nice, and the gift shop was elite. Not to mention I got to dress extra cute to match my grandmother’s fly.
The Crusader exhibit features intimate photos of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during his pilgrimage to India, his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance in Norway and other moments of travel, rest, and other celebrations throughout his life. This event is 100 percent free and will run through April 6. So if you can’t make it this month, this is easily the perfect cultural spring outing.
Walking tours are underrated. Even if you’re from New York, having someone who’s knowledgeable on the history telling you information that you otherwise may have never found out can be super beneficial. I’ve lived in New York my entire life and have yet to see even half of my city. These tours allow you to take your time, have the opportunity to explore on your own, and you learn so much just by getting up close and personal with places and things you didn’t know even existed.
Taste Harlem Food & Cultural Tours focuses on the history of the people, music, and the area’s architectural styles. The History & Architectural Landscape Tour explores the most spectacular features of distinguished theaters, religious buildings, and residential homes, where distinguished talents like Maya Angelou, Alexander Hamilton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and others all have graced. The tour also includes the history of Harlem’s transformation from the third largest Jewish neighborhood in the world to the home of its current mixed population. Food is not included in this tour but can be arranged if inquired about ahead of time. In the meantime, head to our Food or Happy Hour section for some options with great happy hours and even better food!
Mr. SOUL! Documentary at the Apollo
Unfortunately, today is the last day for this 2018 documentary which is showing at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Mr. Mr. SOUL! the documentary, chronicles the historic TV show SOUL! hosted by the legendary Ellis Haizlip. The show ran from 1968-1973 and highlighted black literature, poetry, music, and politics during a time when very little to no platforms did.
The Black Women in Comedy Festival
Let’s end Black History Month with a bang and kick off Women’s History Month with one as well. Head to Bed Stuy, Brooklyn for the Black Women in Comedy Festival for that stomach-clenching, ugly laugh comedy from an amazing line up of comedians who will bring you laughs all four days. Shows will be held at the Brooklyn House of Comedy, Tilly’s, Joloff and The Corners. See one, see them all from February 28 through March 3.