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Throughout Black History Month, celebrate the achievements of African-American pioneers, heroes, artists, writers, scholars, scientists, engineers, lawyers with lectures, activities, performances and more!

Continuing Exhibits & Shows

Camden County Historical Society. Event: Lullaby for Dreamland: Remembering Lawnside's Music District. Photo exhibit of the once-famed but now-vanished Lawnside entertainment district. The exhibit focuses on the historic era of Evesham Road jazz clubs that included Dreamland, the Cotton Club, Wilcox's Cafe, the Whippoorwill Club and Loretta's Hi-Hat. Included in the exhibit is a special photo tribute to the Borough of Lawnside, NJ. Exhibit is handicapped-accessible. February 2 through April 10 every Wednesday through Firday, and every Sunday. 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 856-964-3333.

Camden County Historical Society. Event: Black History Month Tours of Pomona Hall. CCHS offers special tours of its colonial Quaker mansion, Pomona Hall, focusing on slavery in 18th-century Camden and, specifically, on the lives of those slaves -- 14 of whom we know by name -- who lived and worked at Pomona Hall, a 400-acre northern plantation. Throughout the month of February. Every Wednesday through Firday, and every Sunday. 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 856-964-3333.

Willingboro Public Library. Event: African American History Month Reading Contest. Read any book by an African American author or on black history or culture and enter your name in a prize drawing any time in the month of Feb. in the Children’s Room. Anytime.

Woodbury Public Library. Event: Special collection for Black History Month. The Woodbury Public Library has received a donation from the Zeta Phi Beta sorority to develop a collection of children's books that feature African-American children for display during Black History month. This sorority has made a yearly donation to the library and in the past these funds were used to develop a collection of materials focusing on such subjects as African-American health issues, Rosa Parks, African-American biographies, etc. These books and audio/visual materials are on special display during Black History Month. 856-845-2611.

The Atlantic City Free Public Library. Event: Jet Black, Brown and Tan Magazine Exhibit.The exhibit will feature 125 issues of Ebony, Ebony Jr., JET, EM and Negro Digest published from 1943-99. Many prominent African-Americans are featured on the covers, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson and Ralph Johnson Bunche. The exhibit is a tribute to the late John H. Johnson, who is credited with producing the first successful magazines by an African American for African Americans. He launched his publishing empire in 1942 with the introduction of Negro Digest. Now thru February 29. 609-345-2269 ext. 3112.

Plainfield Public Library. Event: "The African Paintings." Indira Bailey, Plainfield artist. "The African Paintings"  Exhibit reception February 9th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Exhibit runs through March 2008. 908-757-1111.

National Guard Militia Museum of NJ. Event: The First Separate Battalion: New Jersey's African American National Guard Soldiers 1930 - 1940. In commemoration of Black History Month, The National Guard Militia Museum of NJ honors the history of the NJ National Guard's First Separate Battalion. The exhibit chronicles the 1st Separate Battalion's history, displays photos taken by Captain (retired) Spencer C. Moore II a veteran of the Battalion and contributor to the Museum's oral history program and artifacts of the Battlion. Tuesday February 5th, until Tuesday March 4th. The museum's hours are 10am - 3pm Tuesday - Thursday and 10-3 first and second weekends of each month. 732-974-5966.

The Newark Public Library. Event: Entrusted To Our Keeping: The Legacy of African-American Literary Societies in Newark, The Nation, The World. The exhibition for Black History Month celebrates black America’s love affair with books; the fact that African Americans, at one point in their history, were not allowed to read, and that African Americans currently maintain a newsworthy and steadily growing amount of reading organizations/book clubs/literary societies in Greater Newark, around the country, and abroad. January 23 - March 22. 732-390-6779.

Jersey City Public Library - The Heights. Event: Black History Month Essay Contest. For children. To honor African Americans and their contributions, please choose one African American and write an essay of no less than 150 words on how that person has impacted our history and society. Essays will be judged on wording, spelling, and facts. Three age groups: 1st—3rd Grade, 4th—6th Grade, 7th– 8th Grade. Prizes will be awarded to the top two essays in each age group. Please use the entry on the back to list your information and write your essay. Essays are due on Monday, February 25, and the winners will be announced on February 29. 201-547-4556.

Jersey City Public Library - Pavonia. Event: Dream College. Adults & Children are asked to visit the Library to participate in the assembly of a Collage by writing down what dreams they have for the World on Paper Stars & Clouds. (This Event is for the entire month of February) 201-547-4808.

Jersey City Public Library - Perfecto Oyola Biblioteca Criolla and Cultural Center. Event: Black History "Trivia Challenge". For children and yound adults. From slavery and oppression to freedom and prosperity, leaders such as Malcolm X, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and others, are now available on the shelves, at your library! 201-547-4541.

Hoboken Public Library. Event: Photo's of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Benedict J. Fernandez donated 12 of his photos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the Hoboken Public Library in 2006. They will be on display in the second floor Reference/Computer room throughout February. Fernandez was the head of Parsons School of Design/New School Photography Department for 22 years. The photographs capture King both in public and in his private life, spending time with his family. 201-420-2348.

Hoboken Public Library. Event: Unbound: Free African Americans During the Time of Slavery. For the month of February the Hoboken Public Library will feature a display in the second floor vestibule on the free African American communities during the time of slavery. One such group will be the free people of New Orleans, Les Gens de Coleur Libre, who had a major influence on that city and are not that well known outside of it. Materials will also showcase free communities in the Northern states during that time. 201-420-2348.

Morris County Library. Event: Portraits of distinguished African-Americans. In honor of Black History Month, portraits of distinguished African-Americans by renowned portrait artist Peter Ambush will be on display. The artwork also is available for purchase. February 1 through 29. 973-285-6930.

ArtPort Gallery at Atlantic City International Airport. Event: Exhibit celebrating local African-American artists. The work of two highly accomplished African American artists will be showcased for the entire month of February at the ACY ArtPort Gallery located in the public area of the Atlantic City International Airport Terminal in recognition of Black History Month celebrating local African American artists.

February 28

North Jersey Civil War Round Table. Event: 1st Annual Black History Month and Civil War Program. Ron Soodalter, author of Hanging Captain Gordon: the Life and Trial of an American Slave Trader will discuss his book and how slavery exists today. 7:00 PM 973-267-9075.

Passaic County Community College. Event: Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace is a dance drama that celebrates the journey of America through slavery, civil war, emancipation, Jim Crow and the movement for civil and human rights. 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. 973-684-2320 ext. 35. Cost $25.00 -- Children (12 & Under) $10.00

Hillside Free Public Library. Event: The Age of the New Negro: Harlem in the 1920s. A New Jersey Council for the Humanities Speakers Bureau program. This presentation focuses on the great literary, journalistic, political and sports figures (including Langston Hughes and Paul Robeson) and institutions that make up what historians refer to as the Harlem Renaissance. The 1920s, as the first decade to experience the effects of the Great Migration of Blacks form rural South to urban North, witnessed a literary, cultural, sports, entertainment, and political flowering among African Americans who were plumbing their history for identity affirmation. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. 973-923-4413.

Bloomfield Public Library. Event: Black History Month Poetry Reading. Gretna Wilkinson, born and raised in Guyana, speaks to issues of human suffering, political and social commentary, children, and love. She teaches creative writing at the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts at Red Bank Regional High School and also at Morris County College.  She specializes in African American literature, and in the works of Gwendolyn Brooks. Gretna Wilkinson will be reading with popular poet Elaine Olaoye, professor of psychology at Brookdale Community College. 7:00 PM. 973-566-6200 ext. 213.

Jersey City Public Library - Miller. Event: Black History Month Trivia Game. The Black History Trivia Game is a 90-minute show filled with everything “Black History.” The show allows participants to go head-to-head on a Jeopardy! Board, competing in 4 rounds of knowledge-testing questions. 4:30 PM. 201-547-4551.

Jersey City Public Library - Lafayette. Event: African Mask Craft. For children. 3:30 PM. 201-547-5017.

Trenton Public Library - Cadwalader Branch. Event: Egun Omode Performing Arts Collective. West African dance and drum troupe, will be performing at all Branches. 10:30 AM. 609-392-7188.

Trenton Public Library - Skelton Branch. Event: Egun Omode Performing Arts Collective. West African dance and drum troupe, will be performing at all Branches. 4:00 PM. 609-392-7188.

Maplewood Memorial Library. Event: 3rd grade book club: Tall Tales. Read the classic tall tale, John Henry, and learn a fun, new way to tell your own tall tale. Sign up and pick up your copy of the book before the program. 973-762-1622. 3:45 PM.

February 29

Raritan Valley Community College. Event: "I Love the 80's." A Flashback Party sponsored by Club Unity. 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM. 908-526-1200 ext. 8524.

Burlington County Library. Event: African American Inventions from Soup to Nuts. Join us for the interactive and educational evening creating fun foods that were invented or developed by African Americans over the past centuries. We all know that George Washington Carver invented peanut butter, but did you know that George Crum, a chef from New York invented the potato chip or that Augustus Jackson of Philadelphia created several ice cream recipes. With basic recipes in hand, we will re-create our own versions of these tasty inventions. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. 609-267-9660 ext. 3072.

Myrlie Evers Medgar Evers
Honoring Our Pioneers, Moving Society Forward, Trailblazers Of Social Change
Photo of Governor Jon S. Corzine and Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells Governor Jon S. Corzine and Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells
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