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As part of Black History Month Kingston, O+ is offering a free guided walking tour of selected murals on February 13.
The past 12 months in the US have shown non-BIPOC folks something that Black people have always known: the struggle for equality and Black liberation is far from over in America. Dig deeper into Black art, culture, activism, and stories this year during Black History Month as you renew your commitment to becoming anti-racist.

Below are some Hudson Valley organizations coordinating virtual programming for Black History Month. In addition to attending online events, it's always a good time can get to know these local local Black artists and to support these Black-owned businesses in the Hudson Valley.

Black History Month Kingston | All Month

Black History Month Kingston will be hosting virtual lectures, workshops, performances, and outdoor activities all February long. The events range from cook-alongs and yoga classes to practical advice on topics like pathways to homeownership, building generational wealth, and wills and trusts. On February 18, there will be a multimedia presentation entitled Black Culture of Ulster County. On February 21, get a history of Black cowboys and their inspiration for modernday urban equine programs. On February 26, learn about sexual reproductive justice with Planned Parenthood of Greater New York. And all month long, stream Leland Gantt's one-man show Rhapsody in Black, on Gantt's experience understanding and transcending racism in America. See the full calendar of Black History Month events.

Newburgh Free Library | All Month

On February 3, Newburgh Free Library kicked off their Black History Month celebration with the opening of "Collette V. Fournier Retrospective: Spirit of a People Four Decades of an Artist’s Photography." The exhibition will remain up all month, alongside "African Code: A Secret Language," which features paintings by Roslyn Fassett. On February 21, Exodus Newburgh Extension will host a screening of the documentary The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness. On February 22, Xoregos Performing Company will present music, poetry, and theater in "Harlem Remembered," a tribute to the innovation, creativity, and inspiration of the Harlem Renaissance. See the full schedule.

SUNY BFSC Black Solidarity Conference | February 19 + 20

This year the Black faculty and staff at Dutchess Community College will come together to present the first ever SUNY BFSC Black Solidarity Conference. This year's theme, "Good and Necessary Trouble," an homage to late Congressman John Lewis's pot-stirring call to action, will guide discussions around how to create a more equal and inclusive SUNY experience. The keynote will be given by Brown University professor Dr. Sylvester J. Gates on Saturday, February 20, at 1pm. On February 25, SUNY Dutchess will also host a Zoom event with poet, essayist, and best-selling author Hanif Abdurraqib. The events will also be livestreamed on DCC's Facebook page. Read the full line-up of events and presenter bios.

Inside Black Stories Matter | February 25

In alignment with TMI Project's mission to empower people and bring about change through true storytelling, their Black Stories Matter program seeks to center Black voices, raise awareness around issues of inequality and injustice, and inspire people to take action. In honor of Black History Month, on February 25, TMI Project will host a segment of their Inside Black Stories Matter series, which combines storytelling and roundtable discussion. Victorious Ritter Snow will share the story she wrote and performed in TMI Project’s 2017 production Reclaiming Our Time. Then, host Jessieca McNabb will lead a discussion with Ritter and special-guest and history teacher, Albert Cook, on Black history, locally and beyond, the through-line with present-day issues, and practical anti-racist actions. This online event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $20. Register online.

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Marie Doyon

Marie is the Digital Editor at Chronogram Media. In addition to managing the digital editorial calendar and coordinating sponsored content for clients, Marie writes a variety of features for print and web, specializing in food and farming profiles.
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