QUEENS — A number of Queens cultural institutions are organizing events throughout February for Black History Month — including poetry readings, art exhibits, games for children and movie screenings featuring African-American themes, such as "Glory" and "To Kill a Mocking Bird."
The films will be screened free of charge at the Pomonok branch of the Queens Public Library, at 158-21 Jewel Ave.
Librarygoers will get to see “To Kill a Mocking Bird” on Feb. 13 at 4 p.m., “Malcolm X” on Feb. 20 at 3 p.m., and “Glory” on Feb. 27, at 4 p.m.
Kids and teens will also get to explore African-American history during several events tailored to young audiences at the Queens Library.
Children ages 3 to 5 are invited to an event on Feb. 19 (from noon to 1 p.m.), during which they will learn to sing songs and listen to African-American tales at story hour with author Joy Kelly, who grew up in Tennessee and witnessed the civil rights movement, the library said. The event will take place at the Queens Central Library, at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.
Teens can join a "Jeopardy!" game, which will incorporate trivia related to African-American history and the civil rights movement on Feb. 25, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Flushing branch of the Queens Library.
On Feb. 21, local poets will read Angelou's works during a 4-hour event chronicling her life and achievements, which will begin at 4 p.m. ($8).
The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning is currently showing a series of exhibits dedicated to the African-American experience (on view through Feb. 21).
“Quilting our Personal Expressions” showcases the works of African-American women affiliated with Southeast Queens-based group, Quilt-N-Queens, who share stories through quilts.
On display there is also “The Untold Epic Story,” an interactive exhibit focused on the slave trade which seeks to engage viewers in the tradition of storytelling.
The center will also present “The Struggle Continues," an African dance performance by United Africa Dance Troupe. The show will take place on Sat., Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday March 1, at 4 p.m. ($25 adults; $10 children).