Black History Month: Calender of Events

These dancers will be among the performers taking

These dancers will be among the performers taking part in “Black Spirit and the Struggle for Freedom,” a semi-historical narrative at Hofstra University in Hempstead on Feb. 17, 2013. (Credit: Handout)

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Brentwood

ART DISPLAY. Artists Edward Bates exhibits his African-American-inspired oil paintings during regular library hours through Feb. 28, Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., free, 631-273-7883.

Brightwaters

ART DISPLAY. Collection of books, periodicals, printed material and carved statues that relate to African-American art, on display during regular library hours through Feb. 28, Bay Shore-Brightwaters Library, 1 South Country Rd., free, bayshore.suffolk.lib.ny.us, 631-665-4350.

Central Islip

ART EXHIBIT: LIFE IN THE ABSTRACT. Writer, author and artist Tina Andrews exhibits her paintings, during regular library hours through Feb. 28, Central Islip Public Library, 33 Hawthorne Ave., free, centralisliplibrary.org, 631-234-9333.

Elmont

EXHIBITION. Award-winning quilter Diane Larrier Collier displays her signature piece, a portrait of President Barack Obama entitled "A Patchwork Heritage Is a Strength," along with more of her recent works, on display during regular library hours through Feb. 28, reception is 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., 516-354-5280.

Garden City

BLACK HISTORY MONTH ART EXHIBIT: 'IN THE RADIANCE OF SHADOWS.' Guest artist Warren Lyons exhibits his works, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays,

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through Feb. 28, Ruth S. Harley University Center, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., gallery talk and reception, 2-4 p.m. Feb. 17, free, 516-877-4978.

Great River

BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT BAYARD. Monthlong celebration in honor of black history featuring displays of paintings from some of America's great black artists, posters saluting black abolitionists, pioneers, scientists, educators, horticulturists and ecologists, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays through Feb. 28, at the Manor House, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Hwy. (Route 27A), free, nysparks.com, 631-581-1002.

Hempstead

ART EXHIBITS. "The Door of No Return" by Frank Frazier, Janice Thacker and Buchi Upjohn featuring a presentation of African-American experiences; "The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful" by Afro- Brazilian artist Ernani Silva featuring expressions of culture and tradition, viewing available during regular museum hours, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays through March 31, African American Museum of Nassau County, 110 N. Franklin St., $3, theaamuseum.org, 516-572-0730.

Kings Park

BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT NISSEQUOGUE. Monthlong celebration featuring displays of paintings from some of America's great black artists, posters saluting black abolitionists, pioneers, scientists, educators, horticulturists and ecologists, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday through Feb. 28, at the main office, Nissequogue River State Park, 799 St. Johnland Rd., free, nysparks.com, 631-269-4927.

Oyster Bay

ART ON DISPLAY. Paintings from some of America's great black artists; also posters saluting black abolitionist, scientists, educators, horticulturists and ecologists, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Feb. 28, in the visitors center, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., free, plantingfields.org, 516-922-8600.

Riverhead

'HIDDEN AND FORBIDDEN: ART AND OBJECTS OF INTOLERANCE, EVOLVING DEPICTIONS OF BLACKS IN AMERICA.' Exhibit featuring explicit images of racism in America, recommended for adults, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through June 1, Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 W. Main St., $5, $3 seniors, suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org, 631-727-2881.

Rockville Centre

FAITH RINGGOLD, In-depth study of Ringgold's "Tar Beach" and "The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles," along with biographical documents, articles, awards and books; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-

Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 28, Molloy College Art Gallery, 1000 Hempstead Ave.; "Faith Ringgold, The Last Story Quilt," documentary film that explores her life and her work of quilting to express her impressions of the day-to-day life of African-Americans in her time, 4 p.m. Feb. 19, free, molloy.edu, 516-678-5000, ext. 6549.

Southampton

VISUAL HERITAGE IV: CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS. Artworks by Tina Andrews, Brent Bailer, Rosa Hanna Scott, Manuel Hughes, Reynold Ruffins and Danny Simmons, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays through Feb. 27, Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, free, scc-arts.org, 631-287-4377.

Feb. 17

Brentwood

TRIBUTE TO NAT KING COLE. Singer Tyrone Robinson pays homage to Nat King Cole, who broke racial barriers and was a trailblazer in the entertainment world, 2-3:30 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., free, brentwoodny library.org, 631-273-7883.

Garden City

SHOUT, JUBA, JIVE. Ages 3 and older join David Pleasant for a hands-on music and movement class highlighting the percussion style of Gullah / Geechee; workshop culminates in a percussion orchestra with children performing on a variety of instruments, 1 and 3 p.m., Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave. off Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, $3 with museum admission, licm.org, 516-224-5800.

Hempstead

CONCERT. "Black Spirit and the Struggle for Freedom," semi-historical narrative highlighting important milestones in black history and culture, with Hofstra Chamber Singers, Hofstra Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra, student actors and dancers, invited choral ensembles, and soloists Diana Solomon-Glover, Mickey Davidson and Robert Mack, 3 p.m., John Cranford Adams Playhouse of Hofstra University, Hempstead Turnpike, $15, $12 seniors and students, hofstra.edu, 516-463-6644.

Port Jefferson

FILM SERIES: "Shaft" (1971), R, action thriller starring Richard Roundtree, often credited as the "father of the blaxploitation film genre," 2 p.m., Port Jefferson Library, 100 Thompson St., free, portjefflibrary.org, 631-473-0022.

Uniondale

ARTIST RECEPTION. Meet and greet with artist Diane Robinson, view her work, "Slaves in the American Civil War," 2 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., free, 516-489-2220, ext. 204.

Monday, Feb. 18

Brentwood

MANCALA GAME. Ancient West African board game, ages 7-12 make their own Mancala board game and learn to play, 2-3 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., free, register, 631-273-7883.

Garden City

LECTURE. "Bound as Fast in Wedlock as a Slave Can Be, African-American

Marriage, Slavery and Freedom," guest speaker Tera W. Hunter, professor of history and African-American studies at Princeton University, speaks as part of the John Hope Franklin Distinguished Lecture, held in Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom,

7 p.m., Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., free, adelphi.edu, 516-877-4978.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Brentwood

'I HAVE A DREAM' COLLAGE. Ages 8-14 learn through the artwork of famous African-Americans how dreams can come true and create your own collage, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., free, brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883.

FILM AND DISCUSSION. "Sankofa," drama starring Kofi Ghanaba, about an African-American fashion model who is taken on a spiritual journey as she is transported to a plantation in the West Indies and has a firsthand experience with the horrors of slavery, 2-3:15 p.m., in Captree Commons, room 113, Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood-Grant Campus, 1001 Crooked Hill Road, free, sunysuffolk.edu, 631-851-6341.

Huntington Station

'FOREVER FREE: LINCOLN, THE CIVIL WAR AND THE AMERICAN MARCH TO EMANCIPATION.' Professor James L. Coll of Nassau Community College reflects on the enduring legacy of the deadly conflict regarding the legal and political struggle toward the abolition of slavery, 7 p.m., South Huntington Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd., free, shpl.info, 631-549-4411,

Rockville Centre

STORY AND CRAFT, Children in grades 6 and below join librarian Ivy Reckson for a story and craft to celebrate Black History Month, 6-7:30 p.m., Lakeview Library, 1120 Woodfield Rd., free, 516-536-3071.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Brentwood

AFRICAN MASKS. Make your own African mask while learning the meaning behind traditional masks 7-8 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., free, register, brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY. Remembrance ceremony and play (abridged version) of "In Black & White," written and directed by D.W. Leonard showing the backdrop of racial tension in America, panel discussion on the current state of race relations to follow, 11 a.m.; full-length version of play only, 6 p.m., Van Nostrand Theatre, Suffolk County Community College, Crooked Hill Road, free, www.sunysuffolk.edu, 631-851-6341.

Hempstead

LIFE AND LABOR IN AFRICA AND AMERICA. Film series celebrates Black History Month by showcasing documentaries on the changing lives and labor of working people and working-class movements in America and Africa, 11:15 a.m.- 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 27, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Hofstra University, Hempstead Turnpike, free, hofstra.edu/labor studies, 516-463-5040.

Huntington

MUSICAL DRAMA. "Beat Street" (1984), PG, starring Rae Dawn Chong, follows the lives of a pair of brothers and their group of friends, all of whom are devoted to various elements of early hip-hop culture; DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Melle Mel are on hand at reception, 7:30 p.m., Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., $15, cinemaartscentre.org, 631-423-7610.

Friday, Feb. 22

FILM AND DISCUSSION. "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome," understanding how the past has influenced the present, discussion follows, 6 p.m. Feb. 22 and 11 a.m. Feb. 25, held at Captree Commons, room 113, Van Nostrand Theatre, Suffolk County Community College, Crooked Hill Road, free, sunysuffolk.edu, 631-851-6341.

Riverhead

DIVERSITY LECTURE. Georgette Grier-Key and Emily Button Dambi present "The Eastville Community, A Freed Black Working Community, Patterns and Themes," 5-8 p.m., Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 W. Main St., $5, $3 seniors, suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org, 631-727-2881.

Southampton

'THE MISTRESS OF MONTICELLO.' Staged readings of the play by Tina Andrews dramatizing the controversial relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave mistress, Sally Hemings, 8 p.m. Feb. 22-23, Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, $10, $5 students younger than 21, scc-arts.org, 631-287-4377.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Brentwood

VY HIGGINSEN'S GOSPEL FOR TEENS. Gospel music by this Harlem-based choir, presented in conjunction with the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library,

8-11 p.m., Van Nostrand Theatre, Suffolk County Community College, Crooked Hill Road, $20, $18 students and seniors, sunysuffolk.edu, 631-665-4350.

Elmont

AFRICA: A CULTURAL CELEBRATION. Interactive sharing of African culture through dance and folklore, 2 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., free, elmontlibrary.org, 516-354-5280.

Hempstead

STORYTELLING. An afternoon of storytelling to celebrate Black History Month with Julie Pascual, 2-4 p.m., Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct., Hempstead, all ages welcome, free, register, hempsteadlibrary.info, 516-481-6990.

Port Jefferson

FILM SERIES: "Do the Right Thing" (1989) R, 2:00, drama by Spike Lee set in Bedford Stuyvesant, a film deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress, 2 p.m., Port Jefferson Library, 100 Thompson St., 631-473-0022.

Rockville Centre

MOVIE AND SNACKS. Children's movie on the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., snacks, for ages 5-12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lakeview Library, 1120 Woodfield Rd., free, register in advance, nassaulibrary.org/lakeview, 516-536-3071.

West Babylon

'THE BESSIE COLEMAN STORY.' Terri Kirkland Banks portrays the story of the first licensed black aviator, Bessie Coleman, 2-3 p.m., West Babylon Library, 211 Rte. 109, free, register, wbpl.us, 631-669-5445.

Sunday, Feb. 24

Uniondale

THE BRANDEE YOUNGER JAZZ QUARTET. Brandee Younger and her ensemble perform, 3 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., free, uniondalelibrary.org, 516-489-2220, ext. 204.

Monday, Feb. 25

Commack

'PORGY AND BESS -- THE REAL STORY.' Join Cantor Don Goldberg, who recounts this opera's unusual back story and presents some performances from "Porgy and Bess," 2 p.m., Smithtown Library Commack Branch, 3 Indian Head Rd., free, register, smithlib.org, 631-543-0998, ext. 350.

Plainview

'FREDERICK DOUGLASS: WHEN THE LION WROTE HISTORY.' Retired professor William Thierfelder discusses the life of Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became an outspoken leader of the abolitionist movement and an influential journalist and author, 2 p.m., Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, 999 Old Country Rd., free, poblib.org, 516-938-0077.

Rockville Centre

AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE DATABASE. Learn how to use the online database of African-American history and culture, 6-7 p.m., Lakeview Library, 1120 Woodfield Rd., sign up by Feb. 21, free, nassaulibrary.org/lakeview, 516-536-3071.

Stony Brook

'RUNNING SCARED, RUNNING FREE: ESCAPE TO THE PROMISED LAND.' Interactive theatrical performance about the links between the Underground Railroad, secret codes hidden in quilts and a Long Island Native American tribe, 10 a.m. and noon, Feb. 25 and Feb. 27, Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational and Cultural Center, Stony Brook Village Center, Main Street, $12, $8-$12 students, stonybrookvillage.com, 631-751-2244.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Baldwin

WORKSHOP: AFRICAN-AMERICAN STYLE ART. Create a piece of art for Black History Month, bring two pencils, a ruler, scissors, liquid white glue and small embellishments, 1-2:30 p.m., Baldwin Library, 2385 Grand Ave., $5, baldwinpl.org, 516-223-6228.

Thursday, Feb. 28

Amityville

ART WORKSHOP. Learn about the different forms of African-American art, create your own piece of art, 7-8:30 p.m., Amityville Library, Oak and John streets, $5, 631-264-0567.

Garden City

READ-IN. Local residents participate in the African-American read-in, sponsored by the Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies, 4-7 p.m., University Center Fireplace Lounge, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., free, reserve via email: fburrell@adelphi.edu, adelphi.edu, 516-877-4978.

Huntington

DOCUMENTARY FILM. "Long Distance Revolutionary, A Journey With Mumia Abu-Jamal" (2012), 2:00, follows the life of death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, reception and guest speaker, 7:30 p.m., Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., $15, cinemaartscentre.org, 631-423-7610.