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“Hidden in Plain Sight” at 2018 Black History Month Celebration Feb. 23



The PAT Black History Month Committee has expanded its usual robust programming for students, parents, faculty and staff for February 2018. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Hidden in Plain Sight” and will focus on the often overlooked stories of Black culture, achievements, and individuals who have made significant contributions to society.

Of note, there are three events open to all community members:

tours of the Egyptian Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sat. Feb. 10 & 17 — REGISTER HERE

a film screening of  the Academy-Award nominated  I Am Not Your Negro from texts by James Baldwin on Tues. Feb. 13 — LEARN MORE

student workshops on African Drumming, African Cooking, African Dance, classical music, comics, coding and more. REGISTER HERE

the traditional community dinner, celebration and dance party on Fri. Feb. 23. Details to come soon.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour

Dates/Time:  February 10 & 17, 11:00 – 2:00pm

Location:  the Met

Open to: All

On February 10 and 17, 11:00 – 2:00, make your way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a special tour examining the world’s most influential early civilizations through the lens of the African community. Participants will be led on an interactive experience which will include digital images, videos, tactile learning objects, and more. Register here: (scroll down to the BFS Private Tour section). Cost: $10 for adults, $7 for students.

Join James Baldwin’s Niece for a Film Screening of Raul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro

Date/Time:  February 13

Location:  Pearl Street Meeting House

Open to: All

On February 13, come to the Meeting House for a film screening of Raul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, followed by a discussion with prominent figures in television and film. This Oscar-nominated documentary, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House, examines the intense struggles of the Civil Rights Movement and Baldwin’s memories of that era’s slain leaders, including Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The discussion will be facilitated by film professor and author Noah Isenberg, and the panel will include Huffington Post Culture Writer Zeba Blay, film producer and educator Michele Materre and Baldwin’s niece Aisha-Karefa Smart. I Am Not Your Negro is rated PG-13.

Automatic Studios Movie Making Workshop

Date/Time:  Tuesday, February 20, 9:00 – 4:00 (BFS is closed this day)

Location:  Automatic Studios, 52 Bridge St, Brooklyn

Open to: BFS 2nd – 9th graders

Sign up your BFS 2nd-9th grader for a one-day moviemaking workshop in partnership with Automatic Studios over the Presidents’ Day long weekend (Tuesday, February 20). Students will write, direct, shoot, perform and edit a short film on the first African American student at BFS, Camilla Church Greene.  The location is at Automatic Studios in DUMBO at 52 Bridge Street

Register HERE. The cost is $100.

Main Event: Black History Month Celebration

Date/Time:  Friday, February 23

Location:  375 Pearl Street

Open to: All

Stay tuned for more events leading up to the grand finale!