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Department of State

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary
New Jersey Celebrates Black History Month

New Jersey Celebrates Black History Month

State’s events honor historical and cultural contributions made by the African-American community.

February is nationally recognized as Black History Month, designed as a nationwide celebration of the achievements and contributions African Americans have made throughout U.S. history. Throughout New Jersey various events and cultural institutions are hosting special exhibits, guided tours, musical performances and more to showcase African-American history and culture during the month.

“We are proud to welcome visitors to celebrate African-American history and culture through dynamic performances, exciting artwork and more,” said New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way. “We have a commitment as a state to preserve our history and celebrate our diversity all year long but are thrilled to see the wide range of events being hosted by our cultural partners during Black History Month.”

In addition to the below, additional ideas for how to celebrate Black History Month are available at www.visitnj.org.

 

February 2019
Event

Black History Events - Somerset County Library System

Check schedule of events for details

February 2019
Event

Black History Events – Montclair Public Library

Check schedule of events for details

February 2019
Event

Black History Events – Camden County Library System

Check schedule of events for details

Call the library for location, times and more information – 856-772-1636

February 2019
Event

Black History Events – Rider University

Check schedule of events for details

For more information, contact Jane Ferrick, 609-921-7100 x8264

February 2019
Event

“Paint and Sip Black History Events”

Above the Arts Studio, 55 Morris St, New Brunswick

An opportunity to paint an African-American hero or shero

Check schedule of events for details and cost

February 2019
Event

Black History Events – St. Peters University, Jersey City

Check schedule of events for details

February 2019
Panel

“The Ties that Bind: How Race Relations Shaped Morris County and New Jersey, 1688 – 2018: Bethel AME Church Exhibition”

Morris County Library, 30 East Hanover Avenue, Whippany

Series of panels on display that explore New Jersey’s history of enslavement of African Americans and the development of free black communities

For more information, call 973-285-6930

February 2019
Saturdays
 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

African American “Read in Day”

Asbury Park Museum, 1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Read books and poems from African-American authors – Participants can read or listen to readings.

For more information, call 732-389-2572 or email turtlelynn@gmail.com

February 16 2019
Lecture Series
 9:30 A.M. - 3:30 A.M.

“The Erotic as Power: Sexuality and the Black Experience” – The 39th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series

Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark

The erotic is often seen as a realm of oppression and danger. The Price Institute brings Newark renowned scholars and performers, whose pioneering and award-winning work has shaped America’s understanding of sexuality’s history and its role in contemporary life.

For more information contact: Mehreen Mian 973-353-3496

February 16 2019
Showcase
 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Celebrating African-American History

Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Ave, Plainfield

Celebration with Plainfield Orators, Poets, Artists and Musicians showcase

For more information, contact Leana Walcott at 908-451-1027

February 16 2019
Presentation
 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

“A Celebration of NJ Black Nurses” – NJ Council of Black Nurses Associations

Join the Council to honor black nurses and for presentation “The Impact of Opioid Addiction on Brain Health”

Contact NJCouncil.BNA@gmail.com or call 908-481-4115

February 16 2019
Family event
 12:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Black Migrations in the 20th Century: Neptune Black History Month 2019

Michael T. Lake Performing Arts Center, 55 Neptune Blvd, Neptune

Experience the local stories of 20th century migration to Neptune. Performances, Health Screenings and more

February 16 2019
Symposium
 12:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

2nd Annual Black Midwives Symposium

Mercer County Community College, James Kearny Campus, 100-134 North Broad St, Trenton

An in depth discussion of race, history and culture with Dr. Joy Degruy, renowned author and speaker

February 16 2019
Recreation
 1:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Old School Meets New School Reception and Basketball Games

NJIT, 104 Lock St, NJIT Wellness and Event Center, Newark

Enjoy a day of basketball celebrated with NJIT students and alumni

February 16 2019
Presentation
 1:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Black History Month Presentation

Trenton Free Public Library, 120 Academy St, Trenton

Presentation from three wonderful speakers focusing on the role of women and young girls in the desegregation of our schools

For more information, call 609-392-7188

February 16 & 23 2019
Asbury Park Museum, Asbury Park, NJ

African-American Read In by the Shore Days

Saturdays in February – African-American Read In by the Shore Days participants can listen to live readings of poems, book excerpts and more written by African-American authors during this celebration at the Asbury Park Museum.

Admission is free.

February 16 & 23 2019
Peter Mott House Underground Railroad Museum, Lawnside, NJ

Peter Mott House Underground Railroad Museum

Saturdays in February – Visitors can step back in time at one of the state’s historic landmarks and learn firsthand the role that New Jersey played in African-American History. Guests of the Peter Mott House Underground Railroad Museum in Lawnside can see the original house owned by Pastor Peter Mott that served as a station on the Underground Railroad helping slaves on their journey to freedom.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students. Weekday visits are available by appointment.

February 17 2019
Celebration with breakfast
 8:30 A.M.

Black History 365: Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Present and Inspiring Our Future

Saint Phillips Baptist Church of Hamilton

For more information, call 609-394-3887 or email saintphillipsnj@verizon.net

February 17 2019
Celebration
 3:30 P.M.

Black History Month at Bethel-Hosanna AME Church

8216 Park Avenue, Pennsauken

Celebration featuring the ‘Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble’

For more information, call 856-665-0419

February 17 2019
Live performance
 4:00 P.M.

Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble

34 Wilson Avenue, North Plainfield

February 17 2019
Event
 4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Overcoming Adversity, Celebrating Diversity

The North Plainfield High School Auditorium, 34 Wilson Avenue, North Plainfield, NJ 07060

Councilwoman Keiona Miller (1st African American Council member) cordially invites you to the North Plainfield Community Black History Month Celebration.

Speakers: NJ State Assemblywoman Linda S. Carter, Rutgers University African American Studies Professor William Davis and others…
Featured Performance: The Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble

There will be Door Prizes & Free Buffet Reception following the program.
Come and enjoy an evening of Entertainment and Inspiration!

Admission: $0.00
Seating is limited.

Get FREE admission tickets online now!

February 17 2019
Extravaganza
 5:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

“Black History Extravaganza – Vulcan Pioneers of New Brunswick”

Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison

Celebration of local heroes and sheroes.

February 18 2019
Recreation
 11:00 A.M. - doors open

Black History Month ‘3 on 3’ Tourney

MLK Jr. School Complex, Atlantic City

Rounds of basketball play for Grades 3 – 8

For rules, to register a team and attending the event, call 856-466-0202 or email stepinstonesinc@gmail.com

February 19 2019
Lecture
 12:00 P.M.

Lecture with guest speakers

NJ State Library, 185 W. State St, Trenton

Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills, authors of If These Stones Could Talk: African American presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountain, and surrounding regions of New Jersey.

February 19 2019
Event
 5:00 P.M.

Black Lawyers in the Criminal Justice System

Seton Hall University – Faculty Library, South Orange

For more information, email setonhall@nblsa.org

February 19 2019
Performance
 5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

“Standing on the Shoulders of Our Ancestors…. Youth Moving Forward”

All Wars Memorial Building, 1510 Adriatic Ave, Atlantic City

Celebration with performances by various community youth programs

For more information, call 609-350-7450

February 19 2019
Performance
 7:30 P.M.

Lady Writes the Blues

Hackensack-Meridian Performing Arts Center, 102 State St, Hackensack

The Story of Rose Marie McCoy – The woman who changed Rock-n-Roll

February 20 2019
Musical Fundraiser Celebration
 6:00 P.M.

A Taste of Black History

New Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 6755 Millville Road, Mays Landing

$7 pre-sold & $10 at the door

For more information and to purchase tickets call 609-476-3671 or email rtinsley@gehrhsd.net or nmcbc1@msn.com

February 20 2019
Film
 6:00 P.M.

Black Experience Film – “Rosewood”

Bayonne Public Library, 697 Avenue C, 2nd floor, Bayonne

Film about the almost entirely African-American town of Rosewood, Florida, shocked by lynch mobbing on New Year’s Day 1923

For more information, call 201-858-6970

February 20 2019
Film
 6:00 P.M.

Black Experience Film – “Daughters of The Dust”

Bayonne Public Library, 697 Avenue C, 2nd floor, Bayonne

Film about a Gullah community in South Carolina that suffers a generational split

For more information, call 201-858-6970

February 20 2019
Performance
 7:30 P.M.

The History of the African-American Spirituals

Hackensack-Meridian Performing Arts Center, 102 State St, Hackensack

US Spokesman Calvin Earl’s plea for Congress to recognize African-American Spirituals as a National Treasure

February 21 2019
Social
 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Black History Month Social

Camden County Democratic Headquarters, 2240 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill

Guest Speaker & Showcase of Black organizations and Black owned businesses in South Jersey

February 21 2019
Event
 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

“Annual Black History Month Program” – The Minorities in the Profession Section of the NJ State Bar Assocation

NJ Law Center, One Constitution Square, New Brunswick

Celebrate with NJSBA – Guest Speaker, Paulette Brown, ESQ, the first female African American President of the American Bar Association and recognition of the high school essay winners and trivia contest.

February 21 2019
Celebration
 6:30 P.M.

6th Annual Black History Month Dinner Theater “Triumph”

Washington Township High School, 529 Hurffville Crosskeys Rd, Sewell, Cafeteria C/D

A celebration of the accomplishments of people of African descent in the community and world as well as of WTHS African American Culture Club students

February 21 2019
Film
 7:00 P.M.

BFM Black Film Festival “BlacKKKlansman” (2018 film)

Fort Lee Public Library, 320 Main St, Fort Lee

For more information, call 201-592-3614

February 21 2019
Performance
 7:30 P.M.

A Tribute to the Greats – A Musical Concert

Crossroads, 78 North Avenue, Garwood

One hour of live performances

For more information, call 908-232-5666

February 22 2019
Discussion
 12:00 P.M.

“Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery”

NJ State Library, 185 W. State St, Trenton

A genealogy discussion

February 22 2019
Reception
 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

The Art of Jazz – Opening Jazz Reception and Art Preview

70 South Gallery, 70 South St, Morristown

View works of local celebrated artists and enjoy musical entertainment. Special tribute quilt installation of the works of the late Viki Craig, founder of Art in the Atrium

For more information, call Cheryl Easley 201-213-2416 or Linda Murphy 973-476-5021

February 22 2019
Performance
 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.

The Colored Museum

Emerson Community School, 305 Emerson Avenue, Plainfield

A play that tackles many aspects of the African-American experience

February 22 - 24 2019
Performance

“The Meeting”

Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St, Middletown

An imaginary meeting between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in 1965 in a hotel in Harlem during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

February 23 2019
Screening
 10:00 A.M.

“Chisholm ’72 Unbought and Unbossed”

Elizabeth Library, 11 S. Broad St, Elizabeth

Film Screening with Guest Speaker, Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver

Call Elizabeth Public Library for more information, 908-354-6060

February 23 2019
Event
 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

“The Art of Jazz – Art Exhibit & Talent Showcase

70 South Gallery, 70 South St, Morristown

View works of local celebrated artists and enjoy musical entertainment. Special tribute quilt installation of the works of the late Viki Craig, founder of Art in the Atrium

For more information, call Cheryl Easley 201-213-2416 or Linda Murphy 973-476-5021

February 23 2019
Music entertainment
 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Celebrating Black History with Live Jazz featuring Mike Boone & Friends

157 West Main, Penns Grove

Call to register 856-517-0029

February 23 2019
Brunch
 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

4th Annual Gospel Brunch

Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 80 West Broad St, Hopewell

Song and Dance groups are featured sponsored by the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum along with Sourland Conservancy & Stoutsburg Cemetary Association

February 23 2019
Discussion
 12:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Black History Celebration by NJDOE Amistad Commission

Edison Public Library, Clara Barton Branch, 141 Hoover Ave, Edison

Discussion about contributions of African-Americans and the descendants of the African Diaspora

For more information, email Amistad@doe.nj.gov

February 23 2019
Event
 12:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Black Business Crawl

Halsey Street corridor (Downtown Newark)

Curated shopping experience with opportunity to hear the stories of black entrepeneurs, receive discounts and access a dining experience

February 23 2019
Event
 1:00 P.M.

“Arts in the Afternoon – Celebrating African American History and Culture”

New Brunswick Public Library, 60 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick

Keynote address by Bill Davis, retired Rutgers Professor of Africana Studies and much more

February 23 2019
Event
 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

“Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow”

33 Cooper Folly Rd, Atco

Live Singing, Dancing, Poetry, Spoken Word, Skits, Vendors, Soul food lunch included

For more information, and to purchase tickets, call Diane McKenzie 856-207-6488

February 23 2019
Performance
 2:00 P.M.

Enlightenment

Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad St, Newark

Theatrical performance of some of our most influential African Americans

February 23 2019
Dinner
 2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Black History Month Presentation

Frederick Dempsey American Legion Post 266, 240 Drummond Ave, Neptune

Call for more information 732-776-8753

February 24 2019
Event
 12:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center “Open House”

94 Dr. James Parker Blvd, Red Bank

Join the Foundation members as you learn about Mr. Fortune and learn about African-American history in Monmouth County

February 24 2019
Celebration
 2:00 P.M.

3rd Annual Black History Month Celebration

Jefferson School, 155 Hilton Ave, Vauxhall

Join the Township of Union for the musical revue “Simply Simone”

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 908-851-8500

February 24 2019
Celebration
 3:00 P.M.

South Orange Black History Month Celebration

The Fox and the Falcon, 19 Valley St, South Orange

African-American Musical History from 1928-present, Spoken Word and more

February 24 2019
Celebration
 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

8th Annual Standing on the Shoulders of GIANTS – Black History Month Celebration

Tabernacle Baptist Church, 150 E. 2nd St, Burlington

US Senator, Bob Menendez invites you to his annual event

RSVP www.menendez.senate.gov/bhm-rsvp or call 973-645-3629

February 24 2019
Museum
 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Live Black Museum by Rays of Hope

CentraState Medical Center, Star & Tobias Auditorim, 901 West Main St, Freehold

Walk through the living Black History Museum and visit the vendor marketplace

For more information, call 908-244-9000

February 27 2019
Event
 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

“Black Women Writing Black Histories”

Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark

A roundtable discussion featuring dynamic black women historians whose scholarship engages the black past.

February 28 2019
Celebration
 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Women Changing the Course of History

Voorhees Call Center Auditorium, 401 White Horse Road, Voorhees

Celebration of African-American Sheroes with Guest Speaker – Lisa Blackshear, Sr VP, Communications

February 28 2019
Event
 5:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

From the Backyard to the Front Yard

Urban Banquet Hall, 1999 Federal St, Camden

Camden Business Association ‘Business & Culture’ event

February 28 2019
Event
 7:00 P.M.

A Journey into Space and Beyond!

Brookdale Community College, Robert J. Collins Arena, Lincroft

The personal journey of Astronaut, Educator, NFL Athlete, Scientist Engineer and Author, Leland Melvin

To purchase tickets call 732-224-2788

February 28 2019
Music
 7:30 P.M.

Black American Music (BAM)

Rutgers Camden – Walter K. Gordon Theater, 314 Linden St

Musical Revue celebrating soul, funk, rock and pop songs of the last 50 years

For more information, call 856-225-6176

March 21 - 24 2019
Performance

Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies

New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St, Newark

Visit website for time and to purchase tickets

March 22 - 24 2019
Performance

“Sassy Mamas”

Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St, Middletown

An adult romantic comedy

Visit website for time and to purchase tickets

 


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