african-american icons of downtown brooklyn, pictured from left to right: betty carter, ida b. wells, richard wright, edna lewis

February is Black History Month, and there are many ways to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of African Americans. If you are looking for art and culture, Black businesses to support, or historical facts, here are some suggestions – for this month and beyond.

The Center for Fiction is hosting many events throughout February, including an event focusing on short stories written by 20th-century African-American writer, Diane Olivers, and a conversation and signing with author Maura Cheeks for her novel, Acts of Forgiveness.

McNally Jackson has curated a list of novels for Black History Month to read and discover.

The Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet presents REMEMBERING, a multimedia dance production investigating the historical accounts of the Middle Passage, Slavery, and Emancipation.

In honor of Black History Month, Atlantic Terminal is having a free showing of Spider-man: Across the Spider-verse with Rooftop Films and Brooklyn Book Bodega on Saturday, February 17. The film’s exploration of Afrofuturistic and POC social themes through a family-friendly lens makes this a perfect film for the occasion.

DeKalb Market Hall is home to three excellent Black-owned restaurants serving fantastic dishes not only in February but year-round. Try Fat Fowl’s  oxtail grilled cheese that went viral, authentic Jamaican food from Likkle More Jerk, or New York soul food at Harlem Seafood Soul.  

Visit Privélege on the weekend of the 16th through the 18th to shop seven different emerging Black-owned brands and creators with exception vision and quality.  

MoCADA activates spaces, walls, and more to present exhibitions, public art, and other special artistic presentations that center Africa and connect the diaspora. Visit the museum and gift shop to support African art.  

here’s a few local black-owned businesses you can support this month + beyond:

AFRIKART | 295 LIVINGSTON ST.

A boutique clothing, fabric, and jewelry store that imports much of its product from Senegal, the birthplace of owner Amadou Diack.

BED-STUY FISH FRY | 129 LIVINGSTON ST.

Famous for their fried fish and chicken, Bed-Stuy Fish Fry has acquired legendary status among Brooklynites over the years.

DA SPOT | CITY POINT BKLYN AT 445 ALBEE SQUARE WEST

A unique fashion boutique featuring over 25 creative brands made by people of color.

CAFÉ PLUS BAR + LOUNGE | 25 BOND ST.

Café and bar with Nigerian/American food, available for indoor dining as well as party bookings.

FAT FOWL | DEKALB MARKET HALL AT 445 ALBEE SQUARE WEST

The brainchild of social media star chef Benajmin Shorne, Fat Fowl specializes in their individualized approach to “fast food” and mouth-watering  vegetarian and organic meals, prepared fresh every day.

HARLEM SEAFOOD SOUL | DEKALB MARKET HALL AT 445 ALBEE SQUARE WEST

This eco-friendly kitchen has been turning New Yorkers’ heads since April 2016. Known best for their delicious menu items and Chef Tami‘s charismatic charm!

peaches prime | 590 fulton st.

Co-owners Craig Samuel and Ben Grossman serve up aged steaks, simply cooked seafood, and inventive plant-based options at this modern neighborhood brasserie showcasing a contemporary take on New York City culinary classics.