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Dear BGC Friends,

Today we are bringing you a special edition of 86th Street Stories to celebrate Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Please enjoy some readings, community events, and virtual activities to celebrate Black History Month!

Your Co-Editors,

Nadia Rivers & Maggie Walter



Black History Month 2021: BGC Library New Acquisitions
Sebastian Moya and Chantal Sulkow put together a Black History Month Annotated Bibliography of BGC Library’s new acquisitions.

BGC’s Collaborative Resource List
Take a look, and contribute to BGC’s Collaborative Resource List to get involved, learn, and take action in the fight for social justice. Check out the Black History Month Resources section!


BLAQ•IT: Representing Blackness in Italy
February 16, 2021
12 pm EST
Join Magazzino Italian Art Foundation as filmmaker, scholar and activist Fred Kuwornu leads a live-streamed conversation on the visual histories of Blackness in post-war Italian culture. 

Columbia Center for Archaeology Online Salon
February 19th, 2021
5:30 pm EST
Christopher N. Matthews, Professor of Anthropology, Montclair State University in conversation with Megan Hicks. Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Hunter College, CUNY about Prof. Matthews’ new book: A Struggle for Heritage: Archaeology and Civil Rights in a Long Island Community.

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Black History Month Edition
February 26, 2021
10 am – 3 pm EST
The Smithsonian Art Museum will host its very own Wikipedia edit-a-thon focused on Black history. During this event, participants will learn how to edit and create new Wikipedia articles showcasing the breadth and depth of artwork and lives of Black artists in America.


BGC Social Media Submissions
This Black History Month, we are paying tribute to and celebrating the vast contributions that Black women and men have brought to the field of decorative arts, design history, and material culture. What curators, artists, craftspeople, academics, businesses or creatives do you want to celebrate this month? Submit your thoughts for a social media post here!

10 New NYC Museum Exhibits To Check Out During Black History Month
NYC museums and park galleries are honoring the special time with a number of new and limited-time exhibits! Enjoy the many chances to educate yourself on exceptional stories throughout U.S. and world history as well as the role of race in society today.

BAD Guild’s Obsidian Concept House
Looking for an experience that combines Black history with contemporary design and immersive technology? Look no further than the Obsidian Concept House, a virtual showcase put on by the Black Artist + Designers Guild. You can tour the house—designed by 25 creatives—all month, and check in daily for talks with the creators. The programming is free, but consider making a Sam’s Club Virtual Storytime.

Movers & Shakers NYC
Movers & Shakers started in April 2017 as an artist/activist collective focused on using immersive technology to challenge the inequitable distribution of monuments in New York City.  At the time there were 155 statues of men, 6 of women, 19 of BIPOC people, and 23 of animals.  Genocidal slaveholders such as Christopher Columbus have several statues throughout the city. Learn more about Movers & Shakers today!