QC Rosenthal Library's Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower / Click to Enlarge
Queens College
The City University of New York

Black History Month 
- February 2006
QC Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower Plaque in Rosenthal Library / Click to Enlarge

This web site was initiated in January 2005 by the Black History Month Committee of Queens College.  See also our archived February 2005 Black History Month pages, which includes a variety of related resources.

Queens College Black History Month 2006
 “Remembering the Past; Celebrating the Future”

Related Off-Campus Programs and Exhibits

Queens College Off-Campus Exhibits and Programs

This Little Light of Mine... I'm Gonna Let it Shine
Exhibit by Queens College at the Flushing Library of the Queens Borough Public Library
Display Cases, Lower Level, outisde of the Auditorium
Opening February 1, 2006

The stories in this exhibit focus on local history, and are stories of contrast, struggle, and accomplishment.  They also draw attention to the power of individuals and collections of individuals taking a stand to make a difference and to improve the human condition.  As the title of an old spiritual, "This Little Light of Mine..." seems to be a fitting title for this exhibit which opens for Black History Month 2006.  How can you make YOUR light shine? It is not by accident that we include three wonderful and very different "lights" and that we feature one of the inventors of the light bulb.

The History and Archaeology of Slavery and Freedom in Queens

A Talk With James A. Moore, Professor of Anthropology at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center
Part of the Mary Ann Shaw Program Series
Saturday February 18, 2006  at 2:00 pm - Flushing Library, Rooms A & B, Lower Level

After the mid-19th century, the history of slavery in the North was a tale rarely told.  Professor Moore traces the history of slavery and freedom in Queens County, and discusses the role of Africans and African descendents in building New York CIty, Queens, and Flushing.

Louis Armstrong House and Archives / February 2006 Programs
Queens College's Louis Armstrong House and Archives website
QC Press Release 1/11/2006: Armstrong House is NYC & Company's Cultural Organization of the Month for February 2006

Special Presentation Series
Louis Armstrong:  Father of Jazz and Much More!
Event Dates:  Saturday, February 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th at 2:00PM

While many know Louis Armstrong as the Father of Jazz, some may not know him as a civil rights champion, gifted actor and comedian, prolific writer, amateur archivist, and collage artist.   Every Saturday in February at 2pm during African American History Month, enjoy a special pre-tour presentation highlighting these varied talents and contributions, followed by a guided tour of the home he shared with wife Lucille for almost 30 years.  Visitors explore these subjects through Armstrong’s homemade audio recordings, scrapbooks, photographs, and other memorabilia. 
Presentation and House tour included in admission. 

At Home in Corona:  A Conversation with the Armstrong’s long-time friend and neighbor, Ms. Selma Heraldo
Saturday, February 4th, 2:00pm -3:30pm

Come enjoy a lively discussion with “Queen of the block,” Ms. Selma Heraldo, lifelong next-door neighbor and travel companion to the Armstrongs.  Hear what life was like for Louis and Lucille at home and in the community.   Followed by guided House tour at 2:45pm.

Louis Armstrong: Fountainhead
Saturday, February 11th, 2:00pm -3:30pm

A presentation with musical examples on Armstrong’s role as Father of Jazz.  Francis Lunzer, former jazz drummer and Armstrong enthusiast, will discuss Armstrong’s unshakeable influence on generations of jazz musicians.  Followed by guided House tour at 2:45pm.

Armstrong and the Roots of Jazz in New Orleans
Saturday, February 18th, 2:00pm -3:30pm
Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans in 1901. Staff member Michael Heller will discuss the musical and social roots of jazz and its influence on young Louis Armstrong.  Followed by guided House tour at 2:45pm.

Louis Armstrong:  Collage Artist, Amateur Archivist
Saturday, February 25th, 2:00pm -3:30pm
Louis Armstrong was a pack rat.  He saved everything and devised a clever way to catalogue his collection -- most notably his homemade tape recordings.  He also created scrapbooks to document his travels and collage art to decorate his audiotape covers.    Assistant Director, Deslyn Dyer, will discuss Armstrong the artist and archivist, with examples from the Louis Armstrong Collection. Followed by guided House tour at 2:45pm.

Related Off-Campus Programs and Exhibits

Queens Borough Public Library
Current Events - Events Calendar / All branches: Scan the events calendar for January and February for many related events at a variety of locations
     - QC Off-campus Program - see Professor James A. Moore's program at the Flushing Library - information above on this page

Current Exhibits
    -  QC off-campus exhibit:  This Little Light of Mine - at the Flushing Library  (see also information above on this page)
    -  Granville T. Woods - inventor / at the Flushing Library  through February 6, 2006

Queens Historical Society

From their Current Events listings

Slide Lecture Series in Kingsland Homestead’s New Lecture Room

Lectures are held on Sundays beginning at 2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Free with admission: $3 adults, $2 seniors/students, QHS members free.

Brother & Me - with author, Kathleen Velsor, Ed.D.
Thursday, February 9, 6:30 pm

An Assistant Professor of Education at SUNY Old Westbury and long-term friend of QHS will discuss the stories in her newly published historical novel about the Underground Railroad on Long Island. Brother and Me will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Friends of Freedom: The Anti-Slavery Struggle in Queens and Long Island - with authors James Driscoll, Richard Hourahan and Kathleen Velsor, Ed.D.
Sunday, February 26 , 2:30 pm

This is the little-known story of the heroes, both African American and white, of the Anti-Slavery Movement on Long Island. The authors’ new book of the same title will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.

Lewis H. Latimer House Museum in Flushing
- 718-961-8585
About Lewis H. Latimer: 
        -  From the Queens Tribune web site

The Home of a Bright Light

Lewis Latimer moved his family to a quaint two-story home in Jamaica in 1906: a home that is still standing, but has been moved to Leavitt Street and 14th Avenue Flushing to avoid being destroyed by development. Latimer, who was the son of runaway slaves, worked with Edison to perfect the light bulb filament and handed in Bell’s patent application hours before another inventor tried to submit one. He lived in New York with his wife and entertained the African- American community there.  

        - Queens Borough Public Library / Long Island Division web site -
                                about the Latimer archives housed there and their 1995 exhibit

        - Smithsonian web site  - about the Latimer family, Latimer as an inventor, and some of his other interests and activities.

Current Events: Black Innovators of the Early 20th Century
From the web site of the New York Council for the Humanities:
Black Innovators of the Early Twentieth Century
January 12th, 7:00 PM
Lewis H. Latimer House Museum
34-41 137th Street, Flushing

The fifth and final program in the Council's Reading Between the Lines for Adults reading discussion series, "Black Innovators of the Early Twentieth Century," at the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum in Flushing. Our reading series concludes with a discussion of an American dynamo- Madame C.J. Walker. The biography "On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madame C.J. Walker" by A'lelia Bundles takes us in depth into the life of one of the first African American philanthropists who was also a marketing and business genius.

Pre-registration required-space is limited. Once you are registered for the series, you can arrange to pick up your books prior to the first session.

New York Historical Society

Current exhibits - Slavery in New York - A Landmark Exhibition
            and          - Finding Priscilla's Children: The Roots and Branches of Slavery
            and          - Facsimile of the Emancipation Proclamation

Coming exhibits - Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery
            and          - Commerce and Conscience: New York, Slavery, and the Civil War

Prior exhibit       
- Seneca Village

Oyster Bay Schools - program on slavery in New York - 2006

See CNN's website at http://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/03/17/teaching.slavery.ap/index.html

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