Black History Month Resources
BLACK HISTORY MONTH RESOURCES
Sid Jacobson JCC celebrates Black History Month and supports our local Black Community by highlighting influential African-American individuals from Long Island. Black-owned businesses, events, resources for parents, and more. These lists are not comprehensive, but we hope they can be a wonderful start for your celebration or journey to learn more about Black history and support the local community, any time of year.
INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE FROM LONG ISLAND
FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Historian Carter G. Woodson established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). In 1925, ASNL launched Negro History Week, celebrated during a specific week in February encompassing the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
In 1976, coinciding with the nation’s bicentennial, the celebration grew to an entire month. During this month, President Gerald Ford encouraged Americans to acknowledge the significant, yet often overlooked, achievements of Black Americans in various fields throughout history. This tradition of presidential proclamations has continued ever since.
The 2024 theme, “African Americans and the Arts,” delves into the experiences of Africans, Caribbeans, and Black Americans, exploring their rich history through diverse artistic expressions.
SUPPORT BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES
Black-owned Caribbean fusion restaurant.
2367 Hempstead Tpke, East Meadow
Black-owned authentic Haitian Caribbean cuisine.
730 E Jericho Turnpike. Huntington Station
ART LECTURE WITH THOMAS GERMANO: THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE AND TRANSATLANTIC MODERNISM
THURS, FEB 29 • 3PM • AT PORT WASHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Discuss multimedia works by Black artists depicting their daily life in growing cities like NYC’s Harlem and others across the United States during the 1920s–40s.
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RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
RESOURCES FOR ALL
Shades of Long Island – Find and Support Black Owned Business in Your Community