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.
An exhibit showcasing the impact and influence of African-American culture throughout history.
February 3 – 28 The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe
Crossroads Theatre Company, which premiered The Colored Museum presents the PBS Great Performances broadcast of in its entirety. Click here to watch for free.
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 7:00 p.m. A Conversation with Gretchen Sorin, author of Driving While Black
Presented by Jay Heritage Center. Free. Click here for details and 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 – 28 Princeton Garden Theatre, in celebration of Black History Month, is offering a collection of films that featuresa mix of narratives and documentaries, historically important films, and works of early African American cinema pioneers. The films will be available all month long. Click here for access.
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 12 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Combined Meeting of Local NJ Anti-Racism & Diversity Groups
Discussion to consider the issues raised in a recent Under the Blacklight video (January 13, 2021) and article from The Atlantic (January 12, 2021) analyzing the Capitol riot. RSVP https://bit.ly/HCARC_HVT Registrants will receive an email with the event Zoom link the day of the meeting. The Zoom room will open at 6:45pm for conversation and introductions.
February 14, 2:00 p.m. The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti; Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Book Breaks
Vanderbilt University historian Brandon R. Byrd will discuss his book, which explores the relationship between African American leaders in the post-Civil War era and Haiti, the first Black independent republic. 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 Morven. Registration required. Virtual program with live Q&A. Recording will be sent to all ticketholders.
February 16 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. History of Negro Baseball Leagues with Larry Doby, Jr.
Presented by Union Public Library. Free. Click here for details and to register.
February 17 10:30 a..m. The Impact of Colonial Rule on Rwanda
Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) Virtual Lunch & Learn Program will examine the legacy of colonialism in Rwanda and features Chhange Executive Director, Dr. Sara E. Brown. Click here to register.
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 (www.pisab.org), 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 Nicole@pisab.org.
February 19 7:00 p.m. “Service For Justice: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion”
The African American Museum of Bucks County is hosting a screening and discussion of the film. Proceeds benefit the AAMBC virtual programs initiative. Purchase $15 – $20 tickets and find out more here.
February 20 9:30 am. – 1:00 p.m. 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, Bill Fletcher Jr., and Cara Page speak about organizing as a means to healing generations of society-wide injustice. The event will be moderated by Barbara 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
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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 email@example.com
February 24 7:00 — 8:00 p.m. Begin Again: A Conversation with Eddie Glaude Jr.
Prof. Glaude will discuss his book about James Baldwin. A virtual event to benefit Princeton Community Housing’s Coronavirus Emergency Rent Relief Program. The Q&A will be hosted by Rev. Lukata Mjumbe. Tickets range from $25.00+. Click here to purchase.
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 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Arts Council of Princeton workshop: 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.
February 28 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Stories of Slavery in New Jersey
Talk with historian/author Rick Geffken about his new book. Click here to register.