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New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission

NJ Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission

New Jersey Celebrates Black History Month

Special thanks to Sheila Caldwell for the collection of statewide events

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 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.

Visit website for times and to purchase tickets.

February 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 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 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
Luncheon
 12:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Black History Month Celebration Luncheon

Peace Islands Institute, 777 Terrace Avenue, Suite 109, Hasbrouck Heights

Speaker: Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton

RSVP infonj@peaceislands.org or Register Here

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