Back in 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson organized a weeklong celebration of African-American contributions to the history of the United States, he probably never envisioned just how his idea would blossom. Today, Americans of all ethnicities recognize the month of February as a time to honor the bountiful legacy of Black history. Jumpstarting the Museum’s annual Black History celebration is the ever-popular mancala game-playing sessions in the Hall of African Peoples with mancala scholar Alex de Voogt, assistant curator, Division of Anthropology. Hosted by television journalist and fashion model Gail O’Neill, the Museum’s celebration features brilliant artists whose unique voices are helping to define some of this country’s most dynamic cultural expressions: Camille A. Brown & Dancers; composer-pianist Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes; the award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City with Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director/Founder, The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band; and returning favorites NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis with special guest Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of the multi-platinum hip-hop group Run-DMC.
Click here to enjoy a rousing encore by the Young People's Chorus of New York City, conducted by Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez on YouTube.
To view the YouTube video of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darryl “DMC” McDaniels on “Attention Please” featuring Pauley Perrette, click here.
To experience virtuoso Delfeayo Marsalis at a sold-out show at the Estação New Orleans-Nova Lima festival in Brazil on YouTube, click here.
Enjoy a sneak peak of composer-pianist Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes’s acclaimed work, “The Transformations Suite,” on YouTube by clicking here.
Give Your Voice: Honor Black History is co-presented with Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Works.