Black History Month Events, 2021

All events listed are free of charge unless otherwise indicated.

A calendar of area-wide events, activities, and resources for Black History Month is being hosted by the Princeton YWCA.  Click here to see the calendar.

February 1 7:00 p.m. Not in Our Town Princeton Continuing Conversation on Race and White Privilege: Confronting the Lies (That We Tell Ourselves and Each Other) Presented by Rev. Lukata Mjumbe

“Examination and confrontation of critical dimensions of the disappeared, distorted and dishonest representation of some of the histories and realities of Black Princeton and Black lives.” Click here to register for the Zoom link.

February 2 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz: Black History Month

Mercer County Library’s special Bilingual Story Time program about Black History Month. Suggested for children, ages 2 and older.  Miren un video espeical esta semana con cuentos bilingues sobre el Mes de La Historia Afroamericana. Recomendado para niños de 2 años y mayores.  Youtube channel.  CONTACT: MCLS Staff

February 2 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Historically Speaking: Four Hundred Souls: A Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

The National Museum of African American History and Culture presents Kendi and Blain, editors of the new compilation, discussing with contributors Annette Gordon Reed and Herb Boyd  the slavery, Reconstruction, and segregation eras and their sustained impact on the United States today. Click here to register for this free event.

February 4 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Black History Month: Trivia for Teens/Tweens

Join Mercer County Public Library for a live, virtual Kahoot! trivia session. Show off your Black History knowledge and learn some interesting facts!  Suggested for ages 9 -14.  Email to register for a link to connect through GoToMeeting, which will be sent approximately 24 hours before the program.

February 4 7:00 p.m. The Segregation and Desegregation of Trenton Schools: Hedgepeth-Williams v. The Trenton Board of Education

The Trenton City Museum presents Pat Allen and Karl Flesch as part of their The Junior No. 1 Stories. Click here to register to purchase $10.00 ticket.

February 5 1:00 – 2:45 p.m. Princeton Senior Resource Center First Friday Film “4 Little Girls”

Spike Lee’s 1997 documentary about the Ku Klux Klan bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four young girls waiting for Sunday School to begin.  Click here to register.

February 6 – March 6 Arts Council of Princeton Legends of the Arts: A Black History Month Exhibit Museums in Motion (Gallery hours: Mon – Thurs: 11am-6pm, Fri & Sat: 11am-4pm). 102 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ.

An exhibit showcasing the impact and influence of African-American culture throughout history.

February 6 1:00 p.m. “In Graves of Their Own:”Reclaiming the Locust Hill Cemetery

Algernon Ward will highlight the history of the Locust Hill Cemetery from its beginnings in the 18th century as the earliest known burial place of African Americans in Trenton. Click here to join by Zoom. Meeting ID: 870 3034 5413 Passcode: 145905. Donations can be made through the Trent House website or by check payable to ​6th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops, 685 Martin Luther King Boulevard, ​Trenton,NJ 08618

February 8 – 9 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Institute on Race

Offers ways to positively change racial dynamics in the places where we live and work. . . . participants explore race and build a sense of community across racial differences. To download a course brochure or to register, please go to the Beyond Diversity Resource Center website. Tuition: $150.

February 9 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates;

Discussion by Mercer County Library virtual monthly Tuesday Book Club. If you haven’t already, please submit a request to join the group prior to the discussion. CONTACT: MCLS Staff

February 10 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Same Principle Lives in Us – People of African Descent in the American Revolution

Talk offered by the Museum of the American Revolution and the Princeton Public Library. Click here to register.

February 11 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. Black Voices Book Group: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson.

All Princeton Public Library book groups are open to the public. All are invited to join the Black Voices discussion through Google Meet.

February 12 1:00 p.m. Princeton Senior Resource Center Black History Month: Perspectives on Church and Race

Sushama Austin-Connor, the founding director of the Black Theology and Leadership Institute at Princeton Theological Seminary. Click here to register.

February 16 noon Black History Month Tribute to Frank Johnson’s Music

Independent scholar John Burkhalter and pianist Sheldon Eldridge explore the link between Robert Field Stockton (1795-1866) the “Commodore”, and the free black composer Francis “Frank” Johnson.  Johnson (1792-1844), who is now considered one of America’s most prominent musicians during the Federal period.  Johnson was the first African American to publish sheet music, and to perform an integrated concert, among other firsts.  $10; $5 for Friends of MorvenRegistration required. Virtual program with live Q&A.  Recording will be sent to all ticketholders.

February 17 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Black History Month: Famous Inventors

Mercer County Library’s Miss Susan will tell you about famous people and their patents/contributions. Learn who discovered the traffic light, who was responsible for changing blood to blood plasma, who created safety gates at the approaches of bridges, plus many other inventors! Recommended for ages 6-12. Click here to receive a link to connect through GoToMeeting, which will be sent approximately 24 hours before the program.

February 19 1:00 p.m. Princeton Senior Resource Center Black History Month: Perspectives on Church and Race

Kermit Moss, interim director, Center for Black Church Studies, Princeton Theological Seminary, and discuss the historical, emotional, and educational role the church has played within the Black community. Click here to register.

February 19 – 21 Undoing Racism™

Intensive 2.5 –day workshop designed to train, educate, challenge and empower people to undo the racist structures that hinder effective social change. The workshop is offered by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (, a national, multiracial, anti-racist collective of veteran organizers and educators.  Since 1980, the People’s Institute has trained over 400,000 people in hundreds of communities throughout the United Stated and internationally.  It is recognized as one of the most effective anti-racist training and organizing institutions in the nation.  Cost: $350 per person.  Click here to register.  For information, contact

February 20 Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum Virtual Gospel Music Concert

The Concert will feature music by baritone, Keith Spencer, interspersed with fascinating facts about African American history, the Sourlands, Gospel Music and Negro Spirituals, presented by Board Members and Staff of SSAAM and the Sourland Conservancy. All proceeds from this event will support the construction of a Sourland Education & Exhibit Center for the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and the Sourland Conservancy.  For tickets please click here. Before the event, you will receive an exclusive link to access the virtual, pre-taped video, which will be available on YouTube for 24 hours.

February 20 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. One Begins Again: Organizing & the Historical Imagination (41st annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture)

Alicia Garza, ExternalBill Fletcher Jr., and ExternalCara Page speak about organizing as a means to healing generations of society-wide injustice.  The event will be moderated by ExternalBarbara Ransby RSVP by clicking here.

February 22 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Black Women’s Role in the Suffrage Movement

In honor of Black History Month and the recent commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave predominantly white women the right vote, Dr. Chanelle Nyree Rose, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Program at Rowan University will examine the long struggle for suffrage, with a particular focus on race and African American women. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library, Friends of the Hickory Corner Library, Hightstown Library Association, Friends of the Hopewell Branch Library, and Friends of the Lawrence Library.  Click here to receive a link to connect through GoToMeeting, which will be sent approximately 24 hours before the program.

February 23 2:00 and 7:00 pm Let the Whole World Sing

Prerecorded program by The Glory Gospel Singers presented by the Monroe Township Public Library.

February 23 7:00 8:00 p.m. Historically Speaking: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the African American Community

Hosted by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Michael Fletcher of ESPN’s Undefeated and commentator Algernon Austin explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the physical and financial well-being of the African American. Click here to register.

February 24 10:00 a.m. Princeton Senior Resource Center Black History Month: Perspectives on Church and Race

Click here to register.

February 24 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Black History Month Who Is/Who Was Trivia

Test your knowledge about famous African-Americans featured in the “Who Is…” biography series in this trivia video. Play for fun or give yourself a point for each correct question! Then share your new knowledge with friends and family. Watch this week’s Black History Month “Who Is/Who Was” Trivia video on Mercer County Library’s YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:00 a.m.! CONTACT: MCLS Staff

February 24 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Slavery and African-American History in Lawrence Township

Dr. Brooke Hunter, Associate Dean of The College Liberal Arts and Sciences at Rider University and Lawrence Township Historian, will present a lecture on slavery and African-American history in Lawrence Township. Although the historic record to be presented will focus on Lawrence, the lecture places the township in the general context of slavery, African-American history, and race relations in New Jersey and the United States. Co-sponsored by Lawrence Historical Society. Click here to receive a link to connect through GoToMeeting, which will be sent approximately 24 hours before the program.

February 25 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Mercer County Library Literary Book Club: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Join Reference Librarian, Nita Mathur from MCL’s West Windsor Branch to discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. “A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected”– Provided by publisher. Click here to receive a link to connect through GoToMeeting, which will be sent approximately 24 hours before the program.

February 25 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow – Presented by the New-York Historical Society

Based on the New-York Historical Society’s 2018-19 exhibition, this virtual presentation explores Black Americans’ struggle for equality under the law from 1865 through World War I. Click here to register.

February 27 1:00 pm “Open the Door, I’ll Get It Myself” – The Great Migration to New Jersey

Trent House presents Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps, who will explore the factors leading African Americans to take on the challenges and risks of leaving communities and families in the South for an unknown, but hoped for, better future in the North.  Click here to join via Zoom. Participate by phone: 1 929 205 6099 US (New York). Meeting ID: 867 5503 7706 Passcode: ​314378

February 27 Harlem Renaissance & the Art of Collage

Using basic supplies found around the home, join local artist Kenneth Lewis Jr. in an exploration of the Harlem Renaissance and the collage work of Romare Bearden.  Click here to register.


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