Before the holiday weekend begins, mark your calendar for racial justice events in June. Continue checking this post for updates and additional events.
June 1 1:00 – 2:30 pm Commemorating the Tulsa Massacre
June 1 7:30 – 8:45 pm The Color of Wealth: The Destruction of Greenwood and Tulsa’s Legacy of Loss
June 2 7:00 pm A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
June 3 6:30 pm A Proud Heritage: The African American Presence and Contribution in the Sourland Mountain Region & Surrounding Area
A special virtual presentation and Q&A with local authors and historians Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills
Award-winning authors of If These Stones Could Talk and co-founders of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum. A contribution of $18 per household is suggested to cover the cost of the event. Profits will be donated to the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum. Click here to register.
June 7 7:00 pm Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege. 20/21 Vision of Racial Literacy: Students Lenses Into Domination and Progress
Racial literacy is an open acknowledgement that literacy is multi-faceted and requires a lifelong commitment to growth and change. Racial justice is that which allows us to take action steps toward courageous conversations, going together as a class to the places that allow us to understand complex ideas of joy and pain, domination and progress without the gaze of those who have never explored these topics before. Students from the Princeton High School 16 week Spring 2021 Racial Literacy & Justice class will share their learning. Click here to sign up for the Zoom link.
June 8, 15 & 22 7-9pm Decentering Whiteness & Building Multiracial Community
This interactive workshop looks at racial structure and compares various approaches currently used to work at undoing it. The Decentering Whiteness and Building Multiracial Community model developed by the Center for the Study of White American Culture will be presented and discussed in depth. Registration fee $125. For more information contact Catherine Klebl, firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information and registration, click here.
June 8 7:00 – 8:00 pm Annette Gordon-Reed in Conversation with Joy Barnes -Johnson – “On Juneteenth”
The author and historian discusses her newest book about the origins of Juneteenth and its importance to American history with educator and racial literacy consultant Joy Barnes Johnson. Click here to register.
June 9 6:00 – 7:15 pm How can the environmental movement be more inclusive and engage people of all backgrounds?
June 10 6:30 pm The Tulsa Race Massacre and the Cost of Erasing History
June 10 7:15 – 9:00 pm Black Voices Book Club
This month the group will be reading, American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed our Promise by Eduardo Porter. https://meet.google.com/rra-ukco-uzt
June 11 6:45 -8:30 pm Cross-Racial Solidarity: Intersectionality and Healing
Two-part series for the June and July meetings of Hopewell Valley Together and the Hunterdon County Anti-Racism Coalition “explores two important aspects of working toward racial justice: one is intersectionality (the concept of multiple marginalizations in identity) and how intersectional identities must be acknowledged in order to build solidarity; the second is the need to resist the divide and conquer strategy that has pitted racialized groups against each other for centuries in order to build solidarity.” Please register in advance to receive the zoom link by email: https://bit.ly/HCARC_HVT
June 15 7:00 – 8:00 pm Commemorating the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre with Dr. Karlos K. Hill
Learn the details of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre through the lens of photographs and oral testimony and engage with Dr. Hill, Associate Professor and Chair of the Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma and author of The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: A Photographic History in a moderated Q&A. Log in to register for this event. If you’re new to Facing History, create your free account here.
June 16 11:30 am T. Thomas Fortune and the Art of Social Justice
Gilda Rogers will discuss the life and legacy of T. Thomas Fortune, one of the greatest Black journalists and newspaper editors of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Born into slavery, Fortune became a courageous social justice advocate who helped usher in Civil Rights reforms throughout the United States. Gilda Rogers is an award-winning journalist, author, playwright, and educator. She is Co-Chairwoman of the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation Board, and she led the grassroots organization to save and preserve the T. Thomas Fortune House, a National Historic Landmark. Click here to register. Suggested donation of $10 for non-members of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education.
June 16 7 – 8:30 pm How to Advocate for AAPI Curriculum Improvements in your NJ School District
Presented by Dr. Khyati Joshi and Jun Choi topics include finding the right ally, curriculum resources and models, professional development programs and supporting educators, and updates at the NJ Department of Education and NJ Legislature. Click here to register.
June 17 6 pm Somerset County Juneteenth Celebration
Musical performances, original poetry, a skit performed by our youth, and some hidden stories told by the founders of the Stoutsburg-Sourland African American Museum and Special Guest Lt Governor Sheila Oliver at the historic Somerset County Courthouse Green.
June 18 8:30 pm Juneteenth – A Celebration of Freedom
Watch a 30-minute documentary produced by the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture. The film offers an insightful perspective about this significant day in American history. Following the film, learn more from representatives of the new Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, hear about upcoming Juneteenth festivities in Trenton, and discover educational and advocacy resources available through our local libraries. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Bring your own folding chair or a blanket. Gate opens at 8:00pm. Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ. Additional information at www.hvartscouncil.org.
June 19 10 am – Noon Celebrate Juneteenth, Celebrate Freedom
The event sponsored by Somerset County Democratic Black Caucus will highlight Rashad Wright former Poet Laureate from Jersey City, musical selections and dance by The Williams Group and Friends of Somerset County and vendors. Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter Co-Sponsor of Reparations Bill in the State of NJ, The Honorable Shanel Robinson, Director of Somerset County Commissioners and Professor Bill Davis of Rutgers University and President and CEO of Babas Legacy will speak. The event will be held at the Franklin Municipal Complex, 475 Demott Lane.
June 19 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Juneteenth at the Mercer Stables
The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County presents a free event with black equestrians and black cowgirls and cowboys and The Crazy Faith Riders. Free at Mercer Stables, 431 Federal City Rd, Pennington NJ.
June 19 4:00 – 6:30 pm Princeton Juneteenth Block Party
Listen to Black artists, speakers, and activists while also learning how to take action locally in your own communities, both geographically and socially. There will be resources available to educate both you and your family and friends on the history and current work of the BLM movement. This free, social-distanced event will take place on the Princeton YMCA field (59 Paul Robeson Pl, Princeton, NJ).
June 19 and 20 Juneteenth Weekend Festival
The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County (AACCofMC) in partnership with the NJ Legislative District 15 (Senator Shirley Turner, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson and Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli) and Outdoor Equity Alliance are planning a Trenton city-wide Juneteenth Celebration. Saturday, June 19, noon to 8:00 pm, activities in multiple locations including Mill Hill Park and Warren and Front Streets and Sunday, June 20 Gospel Concert at Mill Hill Park. For more information and volunteer form, click here.
June 22 7 8:30 pm Racial Socialization as Resistance to Racism, the Early Years
When families work to help their children understand race and racism, they are engaging in a process known as racial socialization. To understand how racial socialization can be used as a tool for anti-racism, Talking Race & Kids presents Dalhia Lloyd, program specialist in family and community at the Buffett Early Child Institute to discuss strategies that resist and disrupt racism when socializing young children, ages 0 to 8. Click here to register for this free program.
June 26 Noon – 3 pm Archaeology and Ancient Technology – Celebrating New Jersey’s Indigenous People
Visitors will meet the archaeologists who have been working on the Trent House Museum’s grounds, view this year’s excavations, and see some of the artifacts left by native people thousands of years ago. Demonstrators will show how stone tools, pottery, and wampum were made and used by New Jersey’s first residents. Activities for children will give them hands-on experience in finding and identifying artifacts and they can see how native people grew food as well as some plants they would have gathered from the wild. This is a free event and there is plenty of free parking available.