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February is Black History Month! In 1976, President Gerald Ford urged all Americans to recognize Black History Month as an "opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." Celebrate and honor the rich history of African-Americans all month long with these 10 ideas and events that recognize the heritage, accomplishments, and culture of Black Americans in the United States.

1. Join Rutgers University and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, All Month Long -

Please join us the Rutgers University-New Brunswick community and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center as we celebrate Black History Month with events that reflect the richness of the African diaspora and the historical contributions of our trailblazers. If you have questions about events, please reach out to the PRCC via email at! Enjoy the event offerings below and we hope you’ll join us in the community!

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2. Black History Month Trivia and Games Night - 

26 February 2021 7PM — 

LOJ DEC Community Church will auction off a basket that contains artwork and quality gifts. We will have Black History Month Trivia Questions to answer throughout the event and music.

Invite a friend to join in on the fun and education. All proceeds will go towards our LOJ DEC Soup and Salad Cafe which will aid in feeding those less fortunate in the Clinton Hills area of Newark, NJ.

Click HERE for Tickets

3. Binge with Newark Actors and Directors -

As the birthplace of film and the movie picture industry, almost since Hannibal Goodwin's patent of the nitrocellulose film in 1887 and Thoms Edison's Black Maria, in nearby West Orange, Black creatives have contributed greatly to this ever-growing industry. Staying inside much of February? Binge watch some of Newark's most talented daughters and sons on your favorite streaming service:

Tobia Truvillion, Love Dot Com (Netflix)
Brooklyn's Finest, R (Prime Video)
School Daze - Tisha CampbellIn Contempt, (Prime Video)

Michael B. Jordan, Raising Dion (Netflix)
Just Mercy, PG13 (Prime Video)
Black Panther, PG13 (Prime Video)

Ernest R. Dickerson, They Gotta Have It - R (Netflix)
Godfather of Harlem, Directed 2-Episodes - TVMA (Prime Video)
The Wire, Directed 6-Episodes - TVMA (HBO/Prime Video)

Tisha Campbell-Martin, School Daze (Netflix)
Martin - NR (Prime Video)
House Party - R (Prime Video)

Shaquille O'Neal, Def Comedy Jam 25 - R (Netflix)
Kazaam - PG (Prime Video)

Kyrie Irving, Uncle Drew - PG13 (Prime Video)

Honorable Mention: Clarence Avant, The Black Godfather - TVMA & The Color Purple - R

4. Explore the Source of Knowledge Book Store -

The oldest independent book in the area is an African-Caribbean family-owned bookstore in Newark, NJ, selling books written and about people of African descent. They carry a huge selection of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books, African art, drums, and Shona stones. They look forward to continuing to provide yoga, lectures, movies, parties, and rentals when it is safe to do so.

Physical Store, 867 Broad Street

Order Online (BookShop)

5. Stay safe. Stay connected, Newark Museum of Art -

Happy Hour w/ Darryl DwayneNewark Museum of Art has pivoted greatly and still providing the community with much to enjoy and savor. Spend a few hours exploring the virtual collections and programs for #NMOAatHOME : lorem ipsum, blah, bing.

5 February 2021 – Happy Hour: Art, Culture & Spirits

In celebration of Black History Month, the Museum’s own Happy Hour host, Darryl Dwayne, will discuss the advancement of people of color in and around the fashion industry, joined by special guest Aaron R. Tucker, celebrity wardrobe stylist & costume designer. 

Drinks With Dannie's Danielle Pearman will be joining on to create a delicious cocktail called Love Potion Rose Spritzer.

Join on Instagram Live*

7 February 2021 2PM - Virtual Family Drop-ins: The Principles of Hip Hop

This ensemble of dynamic and energetic dancers uses breakdancing and an abundance of audience participation to explore hip hop’s rich cultural history as well as how Black youth changed the world.

The performance focuses on youth empowerment, creativity, and working together embodied by hip hop’s four principles of Peace, Love, Unity, and Having Fun! Dancers will be featured performing live from separate spaces. Click HERE to register. 

Newark Museum of Art Carnival13 February 2021 10AM-8PM – Community Day: Celebrating Carnival Presented by Horizon Foundation for NJ

Explore the traditions of Carnival as it traveled from Europe to Central and South America. Learn how this ancient tradition has evolved with each culture that has adopted the celebration. Join us for the unique food, masks, music, and dance!

The programs are in English with Portuguese vocabulary sprinkled throughout. Click HERE to register for the day's events. 


6. Checkout the Krueger-Scott Mansion & Support Budding Entrepreneurs -

MakerHoods Newark - Main ImageAt the top of Court Street sits an abandoned mansion once owned by Louise Scott, a self-made Newark millionaire, and iconic Black female entrepreneur. In 1958, Scott bought the mansion, formerly owned by a Newark beer baron, and used the space as the center of her beauty empire, Scott College of Beauty Culture. While in operation, it housed a dentist’s office, a restaurant, a charm school, an ice cream parlor, and a salon. Although it has since fallen into disrepair, the mansion was recently approved for redevelopment.

Today, MakerHoods Newark combines innovation in affordable living, entrepreneurial support for a new generation of makers, and shared spaces for light manufacturing. Makerhoods Market is more than just an e-commerce platform it is a catalyst to develop profitable, sustainable businesses. Looking to shop? Support Black-owned, women-owned businesses, and other budding local makers today! 

Click HERE to Shop!

7. Black History Month Programs at Newark Public Library -

6 February 2021 11AM - 2021 BHM Celebration Opening — “The Art and Beauty of Black Power! A Century of Cinema, Dance, and Music”

“Not just what they want to remember but what they need to remember.” 

Lonnie G. Bunch III, 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and Salamishah Tillet, Associate Director of the Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience and author of In Search of the Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece, will discuss the importance of sharing 19th and early 20th-century Black history and culture with the public in museums and in popular culture.

Tune in via Zoom and Facebook

13 February 2021 2PM - THE MUSIC OF BLACK POWER

Part party, part conversation and teach-in and part ritual, The Music of Black Power journeys from Spirituals to Blues to Hip Hop and House. African American music has transmitted both the power and the stories of African American stories of liberation, joy, and struggle. The Music of Black Power will feature a visual and sonic journey of African American musicians and culture. Join DJ Shell Spin, dancer Peace, curator, and researcher Noelle Lorraine Williams and Reggie Blanding, Librarian of the James Brown African American Room for a multimedia discussion.

Tune in via Facebook and YouTube

MTW 2021 Web Graphic8. The Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series -

20 February 2021

Founded in 1981, the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series at Rutgers-Newark brings leading scholars of African-American history to Newark to explore the past and look to the future. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us for the 41st Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, One Begins Again: Organizing & the Historical Imagination, moderated by Barbara Ransby.

Alicia GarzaBill Fletcher Jr., and Cara Page, each in important ways, speak about organizing as a means to healing generations of society-wide injustice.

Click HERE to Register

View Information on Past MTW Lectures

Newark Black History Bingo Card (STATIC)9. Test Your Newark Black History Knowledge -

The history of African Americans in Newark dates back to around 1680, when enslaved Africans are believed to have first been brought to the region... The story of Newark’s African American populations, then, is one of struggle against great odds to gain freedom, human and civil rights, and social, economic, and political equality. (Rise Up North)

From the historical Symphony Hall and Arts High School to the very steps of City Hall and Kenneth Allen Gibson Blvd, the contributions of African Americans and the Black Diaspora can be seen and felt all over Newark.

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10. See a Statue of Newark’s First Black Mayor -

Black History Month is a great time to visit the statue of Newark’s first black mayor, Kenneth Gibson. Unveiled in 2019, the statue sits in Lincoln Park and depicts Mayor Gibson giving the victory speech from his first inauguration in 1970. Gibson made history by becoming the first black mayor of a major Northeastern city.