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Mister Sunday Juneteenth Takeover

Looking for a Juneteenth Food Festival Afterparty? We've got you covered. Join us at Nowadays for Mister Sunday with Dex and Mark Flash of Underground Resistance plus Nowadays resident SHYBOI DJing all day.Underground Resistance and Weeksville Heritage Center come together to commemorate Juneteenth with an event that brings forward legacies of autonomous Black community building while celebrating in the present with a set on Nowadays’ outdoor dance floor.

Illumination Catalogue: Sacred Story Sharing Circle

Held for the Black trans, gender non-conforming (GNC), and intersex community, this Summer Solstice, Ni’Ja (Sage) Whitson invites local Black trans, GNC, and intersex folks to gather for the Illumination Catalogue’s first in-person Black Trans Story Circle love pour at Weeksville Heritage Center.


Weeksville Heritage Center partners with New York Live Arts to present an in-process look at NYLA Live Feed residency artist Ni’Ja Whitson’s newest exploration: Dark Dive. A part of the Unarrival Experiments, Dark Dive is a portal into the liberatory dark of Black imagination, spiritual possibility, and Black Trans and Queer magic. It is a conjuring of the past and the future.

Groove on the Green: Cultivating Liberation in Urban Green Spaces

Held on the date of NYC Pride, Groove on the Green centers queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming farmers, urban gardeners, and land stewards – especially those who are Black, Indigenous, and Brown. An alternative to corporatized Pride events, we will uplift the ways that Black LGBTQIA2S+ liberation is tied to the land preservation, protection, & cultivation, as well as center the people who are engaged in that work.

Freedom Is…: Exploring New York’s Black History

Explore Weeksville and Black New York! Join us for one of three free tours of the historic Hunterfly Road houses and immerse yourself in Weeksville’s radical history of freedom, autonomy, and preservation. Relax on our beautiful campus and grab a free book from House of Speakeasy to learn more about the little known but incredibly rich history of central Brooklyn and greater Black Gotham. Following the country’s first national celebrations of Juneteenth and Independence Day, we’re uplifting the ways New York’s Black population has continuously defined freedom on their own terms.

Weeksville Green: Farmers & Community Market

Weeksville Green returns this summer, with our annual Farmers & Community Market held Saturdays from 12PM–4PM. This year, as a part of NYC DOT's Open Street initiative, the market will be held directly outside WHC on Buffalo Ave, between St. Marks Ave and Bergen St. Weeksville Green programming will continue to focus on Black foodways, urban growing, diasporic memory and community built through food at every stage––from farming to ingredients as well as cooking and mealtime.

Songs of the Living: A gathering led by Toshi Reagon inspired by Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower

Join in the beginning of NYC's Parable Path, a set of local events, talks and rituals centered in collaborative living that draw inspiration from the classic sci-fi novel by the late MacArthur Fellow and Hugo Award-winner Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower. Led by singer/songwriter Toshi Reagon, whose opera of the same name will premiere in New York in 2023, tonight’s event features a community choir that will direct the audience through an open and engaging evening of song, dance, and deep conversation. Come be a part of this harmonious and challenging exploration of sustainable routes onto the righteous path in an ever-changing world.

Can I Give A Shout Out? Hip Hop Oral History Collections @ WHC

What does Hip Hop mean to you? We want to hear your stories! Hip Hop Oral History Recording Sessions are held on Tuesdays, November 15, 22, & 29 at 4:30 pm.

Share your personal memories and experiences with hip hop for Weeksville’s archives.

Celebrate Kwanza at Weeksville

The holiday season is here and that means it’s time to celebrate Kwanzaa! Visit us at Weeksville Heritage Center on December 16-17, 2022 for this two-day celebration in collaboration with Asase Yaa. This year’s theme is “Celebrate in Principle.” We will share some of the African American artistic traditions that were prevalent during the time Kwanzaa was created. The weekend celebration will highlight all of the cultural values that exemplify the rich principles/Nguzo Saba of African American culture.

Joan Maynard Lecture Series

The annual Joan Maynard Lecture Series held Friday, March 24, 2023 at 6:30pm is a spotlight on Black scholars who work within history, sociology, preservation, museum or curatorial studies, library or archival science, oral history, anthropology or cultural criticism and bring their brilliance to Central Brooklyn. This season's lecturer was none other than Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, noted anthropologist, educator, author, speaker, and DEAI consultant. Her lecture is titled "Why African-American History, Art and Culture Should Matter to All Americans." This event was free to the public, in-person and virtual. Watch the Lecture Below:

Black Women Resting

(Warning) Black Women Resting ⚠️: held Sat, Mar 25 from 2-5pm, a multi-sensory immersive exploration of collective and creative rest that centers black women and femmes. Inspired by the Nap Bishop’s bestselling book, Rest is Resistance, this event will feature a live sound bath, restorative chair yoga, guided meditation, selected readings, facilitated dialogue & creative writing.

The Keeping

Join us for The Keeping by Jupiter Performance Studio. Inspired by the founding of Weeksville, gather with us as we honor the legacy of Black liberation in Brooklyn and beyond. GET YOUR TICKET About the Keeping: The Keeping is a processional performance created for an ensemble of seven performers and six musicians. The multi-site specific procession is composed of live music, dance, storytelling, and poetry that explore the legacy of sovereignty, autonomy for Black communities who established freedom towns and spiritual communities from the 1800’s until now. The Keeping activates the entire Weeksville campus and four blocks bordering the center.…