Events, December, 2021

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 December 1, 2021, 10:00 –11:30 a.m. Criminal Justice Reform Conference

Hosted by the New Jersey Human Relations Council and co-sponsored by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, speakers from the Administrative Office of the Courts, Division of Criminal Justice, Office of the Public Defender, and  American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey will address Advancing Racial Equity Through Justice System Reforms, Key Elements of New Jersey’s Criminal Justice Reform, the Practical Realities of Criminal Justice Reform in in New Jersey: How Criminal Justice Reform Shapes Justice, Equity, and Public Safety, and Highlights of Related Justice System Reforms. Click here to register.

December 1, 2021 8:00 p.m. Under the Blacklight: When Pandemics Don’t End: World AIDS Day and the Fight for Decriminalization.

“Since it first emerged in the early 1980s, the HIV-AIDS pandemic has claimed an estimated death toll of more than 40 million. Alongside this medical crisis is a sociopolitical one: World leaders have reached for draconian forms of carceral and criminal enforcement in a misguided effort to stigmatize and lock up people living with HIV. As is the general pattern with incarcerations fed by moral panics, these HIV crackdowns disproportionately harm Black, brown, LGBT and sex worker communities.” Click here to register.

December 2, 2021 6:30 p.m. Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: Radical Black, LGBTQ+, Feminist Lives

The Schomburg Center presents a powerful conversation with four groundbreaking thinkers–Emily L. Thuma, Moya Bailey, Laura L. Lovett, and Barbara Smith–whose work examines the long history of Black women combating racism and sexism through collective action.  Click here to register.

December 2, 9, 16, 2021 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. White Accountability & Organizing

This Center for the Study of White American Culture webinar helps white anti-racist activists and organizers understand why and how accountable relationships with people of color are a necessary part of the work and provides information about basic dimensions of accountability, barriers to being accountable, and putting accountability into practice.  Cost $125.00.  Click here for additional information and to register.

December 3, 2021 7:00 – 9:00 pm Roadmap to Healing for the Soul (Rider University – Cavalla Room – Bart Luedeke Center, 2083 Lawrenceville Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ)

Westminster Choir College presents Dr. Braxton Shelley and his gospel group, Testimony, for a live concert and talk-back about gospel music, is an ever-evolving genre of music.  Free admission. Click here to RSVP.

December 6, 2021 7:00 p.m. Continuing Conversations: Advocating for diversity in curriculum and instruction programs

Formed in 1985, AAPSG (African American Parent Support Group) is a group that advocates on behalf of the African American students and students of the Black diaspora in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District.  AAPSG will discuss lessons learned and give guidance for those who would like to do similar work in their school districts. Click here to register for the Zoom link.

December 7, 2021 5:30 p.m. Equity on the Greenway

Discussion about the importance of equitable access to active transportation and the East Coast Greenway in the Circuit Trails network with Mid-Atlantic Manager Daniel Paschall and East Coast Greenway Advisory Board member and Co-President of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail Eleanor Horne.  Will be streamed live at and on the East Coast Greenway Facebook and YouTube accounts.

December 8, 2021 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Joint Effort Safe Street: Passing the Baton Fireside Chat

Virtual community meeting with the last two Black Princeton Town Council members Lance Liverman and Dwaine Williamson and the newly elected Council member, Leighton Newlin. For More Information Contact John Bailey at 720-629-0964 or johnbailey062
Meeting ID: 883 6579 7417
Passcode: 159744

December 8, 2021 6:00 p.m. Personal Limits — A Series on Personal Writing with Dan-El Padilla Peralta

Each Personal Limits virtual conversation presented by Labyrinth Books will take up a provocation from Magical Habits to ask how contemporary writers are experimenting with the personal and what readers want from personal writing in our moment of overlapping, collective crises. Professor Padilla Peralta is a forceful voice challenging the ways in which the field of Classics has contributed to Western constructions of whiteness.  Register here.

December 8, 2021 7:00 p.m. Historically Speaking: Black Reconstruction

Museum of African American History and Culture Director Kevin Young moderates a discussion between prominent historians Eric Foner and Henry Louis Gates Jr., editors of W.E.B. Du Bois: Black Reconstruction, the Library of America’s definitive edition of W.E.B. Dubois’s groundbreaking assessment of the impact of Reconstruction on America’s post-Civil War Black community.  Click here for tickets.

December 9, 2021 7:00 p.m. Historically Speaking: The Absorption of the Hip Hop Aesthetic

“Moderated by Naima Cochrane, panelists Carlton Keith Harrison, Nicole Plantin, Bill Stephney, and Gabriel Allan Tolliver will consider the complicated legacy of the co-opting of Black art, style, and innovation and how corporate branding has included hip-hop in strategies to reach a broader range of consumers and markets.” Click here to register for this Museum of African American History and Culture program.

December 9, 2021 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. Black Voices Book Group:

This Princeton Public Library group is meeting via ‘Google Meet‘ (which works best using the Chrome internet browser) to discuss How We Show Up: Relationships, Family, and Community by Mia Birdsong

December 15, 2021 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Trauma, Race and Stigma: Empowered to Change

The Mercer County Traumatic Loss Coalition presents a candid, online conversation about the intersection of trauma, race, and stigma with a focus on action steps to manage and respond to social, emotional, cultural, and other factors that operate to reinforce adverse childhood experiences risk factors.  Guest speaker is Kimme Carlos, founder of the Urban Mental Health Alliance. Click here to register by December 14 for the webinar.

December 16, 2021 8:30 – 9:30 p.m RaceTalk among White Families Post-Floyd. Now What?

How did the high-profile atrocity of the murder of George Floyd affect parent-child conversations about race and where do we go from here, individually and collectively?  Register here to receive the link to this EmbraceRace program. Con traducción en vivo y en español.

December 21, 2021 7:00 Diversity United: Educational Disparities

Deirdre Edwards, Administrator at the Riverside County, California Office of Education and Rev, Dr. Albert Edwards, III, the CEO and Founder of 7th & Hope, LLC, discuss educational disparity and its historical and contemporary impact on the achievement and learning gaps in marginalized communities. To receive the link for this free program, click here: Registration Form.  For further information, contact Eric Freedman at or or 201.988.3799. To prepare for the program click here.  To watch videos of Diversity Unity’s other previous events click here.

December 26, 2021 2:00 p.m. Book Breaks: Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution

Claire Bellerjeau and Tiffany Yecke Brooks will discuss their book hosted by the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History. This event is free and open to all. RSVP here.

December 27, 2021 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. “A revolutionary conversation: Whose history and whose freedom, anyway?” (Trenton Free Library, 20 Academy Street, Trenton)

A “living museum” sharing the perspectives of African Americans on the Revolutionary War and its meaning for enslaved people will take place during Patriots Week. “Will feature Trenton students portraying real-life African-Americans who lived during the Revolutionary War and were excluded from the ideals espoused by founding fathers that ‘all men are created equal’ and ‘endowed with certain inalienable rights.’ ” A virtual “community conversation” will be live streamed on the TFPL Facebook page.  Phone: (609) 392 – 7188

December 28, 2021 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. The Princeton Daruma Project: Workshop with Miya Table & Home (Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon St, Princeton)

The Daruma is a traditional symbol of perseverance, achievement, and good fortune. It is an iconic symbol that is found all over Japan in businesses, schools, and homes. During this workshop, local artist Minako Ota will lead participants to gather ideas and encouragement to customize their Daruma. Registrants should arrive with a Daruma, available for purchase at Miya Table & Home on Palmer Square, Princeton. Instruction and all additional materials are provided. Daruma workshop: $10. REGISTER:

December 29, 2021

This month the Red Bank Public Library’s series is about Kwanzaa, its origins and celebration. Q&A will follow the presentation. Click here to register for the Zoom link.

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