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Local Westchester Groups Celebrate Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, several local groups will offer fun and diverse programs in celebration of Black History Month.

New Rochelle Public Library (NRPL), in collaboration with New Rochelle Council on the Arts, will present Notable African Americans of New Rochelle, an exhibition that celebrates the remarkable lives of 16 African Americans from New Rochelle (Feb. 1-26).

NRPL will also offer family reading workshops (Feb. 2 & Feb. 16); African dance workshops (through Feb. 25); and an interactive concert with renowned bassist Hilliard Greene, who will trace the role of spiritual and folk songs in the struggle for freedom from slavery (Feb. 26).

Hudson River Museum will honor Black History Month with a performance (Feb. 12) by expert storytellers, Vienna Carroll and Keith Johnson, who will recount the Comabahee River Raid, an armed expedition led by Harriet Tubman during the Civil War.

Purchase College Conservatory of Music invites audiences to experience Soul Voices, a group of student singers from different backgrounds, majors and interests who come together to demonstrate that unity is possible through the universal gift of the human voice
(Feb. 22).

For more info, visit: nrpl.org, hrm.org and purchase.edu/music.

A version of this article first appeared in the February 2017 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.