The road keeps winding…
Confuse a body
Lead a trusting soul astray
For some, this road is easy
Traveling high without a care
But if you got to use the back roads
Straight ahead can lead nowhere.
-Abbey Lincoln: actress, jazz singer, civil rights activist in her song, Straight Ahead.
Black History Month is in full swing and we have been enjoying all that New York City has to offer. If you haven’t had the chance to check out some BHM events around the city, it’s not too late. Here are some of the events we recommend (whole calendar after the jump). All events are free unless otherwise noted. If you know of any events to add, send us an e-mail at email@example.com.
- “French and Francophone Cinemas in Dialogue” Roundtable discussion with Philip Watts, Madeleine Dobie, Hamid Dabashi, Francoise Pfaff and Sophie Saint-Just. Wednesday, February 14th. 5-7 PM. Columbia University, Morningside Campus World Room, Journalism, Room 305.
- “Female Leadership in Slavery and Freedom” Gallery Talk. Thursday, February 16th. Noon. The African Burial Ground National Monument Visitor Center, 290 Broadway (near Foley Square, north of City Hall). 1st Floor. Call 212.637.2019 for reservations.
- “Something for the People Film Series: Cuba: An African Odyssey” Film Screening. Friday, February 17th. 6:30-8 PM. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Boulevard). American Negro Theatre. Register here or call 212.491.2040. Watch the trailer.
- “The Indelible Influence of Malcolm X” Hear Esther Armah, Ishmael Beah, Kathleen Cleaver, Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin, Kahlil Gibran Muhammad, Darryl Pinckney, Meg Ventrudo and Salim Washington read from Malcolm X’s memorable speeches and writings. Tuesday, February 21st. 7-8:30 PM. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Boulevard). Langston Hughes Auditorium. Register here.
- “African Diaspora Music and Popular Protest: Politics in a Global Age” Performance and discussion. Thursday, February 23rd. 8-10 PM. Columbia University, Morningside Campus East Gallery, Buell Hall.