Events, May, 2021

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May 6 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. An Evening of Community: “Information, Awareness & Conversation”

Focus: The Historical Marker to be placed in Eatontown, representing the only documented lynching in the State of New Jersey & the Equal Justice Initiative.  Connect via video Meeting ID: 893 6964 9547 Passcode 135539. Connect via Phone: Dial: 929-205-6099 or 301-715-8592. Meeting ID: 893 6964 9547 Passcode 135539. For further information, call Pastor Terrence K. Porter @ 732-747-2343.

May 7 1:00 p.m. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, First Friday Film

Based on the play written by August Wilson, the story unfolds in a Chicago recording studio in 1927 where African American band members and blues singer Ma Rainey reveal the conflicted feelings they have about their status in the white man’s world. Tensions rise between the ambitious horn player, white management, and the uncontrollable Mother of Blues. Golden Globe awarded to Chadwick Boseman.
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Taylor Paige, Glynn Turman
Running time: 1 hour, 34 minutes; Genre: Drama, Music; Rated: R

Click here to register for this free performance.

May 11 5:00 p.m. Race and Religion: A Conversation with Pastor Eric Manning and Professor Judith Weisenfeld

Princeton University Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students presents Pastor Eric Manning of “Mother” Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and Professor Judith Weisenfeld of Princeton University for a discussion on race, religion, grace, and forgiveness.  Click here for free registration.

May 12 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Restorative Practices in Our Community, Part I.

What are restorative practices and how can we use them in Lawrence homes, schools, and beyond? An overview with Kimberly Russell.  Learn about restorative practices and why they are necessary to form a more just community.  Hosted by Black in Lawrence, NJ. Zoom Meeting ID: 845 0869 8719

May 13 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Struggling for the Soul of Public Education

Elise Boddie, law professor at Rutgers University, discusses the challenges of integration in the North and why school segregation is a threat to public education and to our democracy. Click here to register.

May 13 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. Black Voices Book Group

This month the group will be reading, “Big Gold Dream” by Chester Himes. All are welcome. The group meets via ‘Google Meet‘.

May 13 7:30 p.m. Vision and Value: Cotton and the Materiality of Race

May 19 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Restorative Practices in Our Community, Part II.

What are restorative practices and how can we use them in Lawrence homes, schools, and beyond? Restorative Practices in Schools with Jessica Laus. A conversation about how school discipline reflects the prison industrial complex  and why restorative practices are the answer. Zoom Meeting ID: 845 0869 8719

May 20 6:30 p.m. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Discussion

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month presentation on the contributions of AAPI citizens in the United States and the need for AAPI studies to be taught in schools. Make Us Visible NJ will be facilitating the conversation and discussing how community members and educators can get involved in this meaningful work. 

Panelists will include: 

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal
Princeton University Asian American Studies Professor Beth Lew-Williams
Rutgers School of Education Professor Dake Zhang
Mike Keo, founder of #iamnotavirus and member of Make Us Visible CT (whose bill for Asian American studies recently passed)
Amman Seehra, Asst Director NJ Dept of Human Services, NE Regional Director of Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Cofounder and Chair of ONE Project
Khyati Joshi, Fairleigh Dickinson University Professor of Education
Sima Kumar, West Windsor Plainsboro High School South Language Arts Teacher

Click here to register for this free event.

May 22 Noon – 3:30 p.m. “Seeing The Racial Water” With Dr. Robin DiAngelo; Half Day Workshop

“Dr. DiAngelo takes participants through topics including white socialization, systemic racism and the specific ways racism manifests for white progressives. This will be a combination of lecture, structured reflection, and small group discussion designed to provide a comprehensive system analysis and identify personal complicity. It is an excellent and powerful foundational training that presents an undeniable perspective on the systemic nature of Racism and the need for a systemic remedy.” Click here for tickets, $75 – $175

May 23 4:00 p.m. 4th Annual Recitation of Names – Lost Souls Project, Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

UNVEILING THE SITE OF THE FUTURE HOME OF THE MEMORIAL. At this Recitation, in addition to speaking the names of the Lost Souls, remembering them home as we do every year, we will be unveiling a bronze plaque that marks the future home of the memorial we are committed to building. Each Recitation has been a powerful community-building experience. This Fourth Recitation promises to be just as powerful, just as meaningful, and just as inspiring. Please plan to attend in person or via livestream.  In-person, socially distanced, masks required. Will be livestreamed here and on our YouTube channel
May 24 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Anti-racism Group Consultation with Dr. Edmond

Any topics related to anti-racism and anti-oppression are welcome. Five spots $50 per person available for the hour. Learn and interact with each other. Explore personal and/or professional areas related to racism, privilege, and intersectionality of identities and how to invite people into diversity, equity, inclusion and justice work.  Via Zoom.  Click here to register.

May 25 8:00 – 9:45 p.m. Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years

Following a screening of the film Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years, listen to a  conversation with the film producers and two of the teachers featured.  “The film focuses on teachers in diverse early childhood classrooms who are committed to equity – in terms of race, gender, disability, language, class and other identities of the students and families they serve – on a daily basis. We watch those teachers use anti-bias strategies in early childhood classrooms and also see them reflecting on their practices.” Click here to register.

May 26 7:00 p.m. Claire Garland “Native American Heritage Surrounds Us” 

The May Let’s Talk About Race” program celebrates 2021 as the Year Of Indigenous people. Director at Sand Hill Indian Historical Association,  Claire Garland, as well as Storyteller, Lorraine Stone, will lead the discussion focusing on “Native American Heritage Surrounds Us.” Click here to register.


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