Not In Our Town Princeton

Civil Rights Commission Conversation, September 27. NEW TIME 3 pm.

JUSTICE FOR BREONNA TAYLOR, Trenton, NJ, Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 6 p.m.

Events, September 20-30, 2020

Check back during the month.  New events and information will be added as they are announced.

September 21 7:00 pm True Justice Screening & Discussion

Facebook Live Screening & Discussion Led by Dr. Walter D. Greason, Monmouth University. This free program is sponsored by Chhange, Brookdale Community College’s History Department, the New Jersey Social Justice Remembrance Coalition, and the NAACP of Greater Red Bank.

Register for the discussion by clicking here. Click here to watch the documentary.

September 22 7:00 pm In Conversation with local author-illustrators Barbara DiLorenzo & Rashad Malik Davis

This curated series of discussions designed to celebrate and connect those who make art and those who love art.  Hosted by Timothy M. Andrews.  Click here to register.

September 23 and 24 Free online screening of I Am Somebody, by Madeline Anderson.

Made in 1970, the film covers the 113-day Charleston hospital strike the year before and is told from the perspective of the Black female workers who led the strike, with their newly founded branch of Local 1199 in Charleston, South Carolina, Local 1199B. The film link is here. The password is Aferro.

September 23 1:00 pm Architecture and Experience: Designing a New Art Museum for Princeton with Architect Sir David Adjaye and Museum Director James Steward

Join Museum Director James Steward and Sir David Adjaye for an illustrated talk affording the first glimpses of the facility due to open in late 2024.  Free registration for the Architecture and Experience lecture via Zoom here.  (When prompted, click to sign in as “attendee”)

Click here to access the recording of the talk.

September 23 7:00 pm Understanding Princeton’s African-American History: An Exploration Through Places

Witherspoon-Jackson resident and Not in Our Town board member, Shirley Satterfield, will showcase the 29 plaques, illustrating the rich history of African-American establishments in Princeton, that have been installed and will soon be installed as the Heritage Tour in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood, Princeton’s 20th historic district. Click here to register via Crowdcast .

September 24 4:30 pm Writing About Our Identities

Panel discussion with Professor Tracy K. Smith in conversation with Morgan Jerkins, visiting professor at Columbia University and a Senior Editor at ZORA, and Rakesh Satyal, novelist and editor, to explore the nuances of writing about identity. RSVP via this link.

September 24 7:00 – 9:00 pm Transforming Criminal Justice in Our Lifetime: Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow 10 YEARS LATER

Keynote speaker Dr. Ruha Benjamin.  Panelists: Rev. Benjamin Boyer, Salvation and Social Justice, Udi Ofer, ACLU Deputy National Political Director, and Brooke Lewis, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. Sign up for your free ticket here.

September 25 7:00 pm Bucks County Book Festival Keynote Speaker Ibram X. Kendi

For additional information and registration, click here.

September 26 3:00 – 4:30 pm Shaping Peace Together: Identifying Stereotyping and Microaggressions in our Daily Lives

Presented by La Convivencia’s Youth Council.  Click here to register.

September 27 noon The Captive’s Quest for Freedom: Fugitive Slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and the Politics of Slavery

Richard J.M. Blackett, Andrew Jackson Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, will discuss his book during the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Book Breaks. RSVP here.

September 27 6:00 pm Princeton Civil Rights Commission Community Conversation with Rev. Lukata Mjumbe and the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church: Connecting Black and Brown communities. 

Click here to join.  At 7:45 pm, there will be a vigil and march up Witherspoon St. to the Princeton Theological Seminary Miller Chapel. Enter questions and comments here.

September 30 10:00 – 11:30 am COVID-19, Youth of Color, and Suicide Risk Indicators

Guest speaker: Kimme Carlos, founder of Urban Mental Health Alliance. Click here to register

September 30 7:00 pm Understanding the History of Racism in Princeton: An Exploration Through Archives

Historical Society of Princeton staff and members of the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society explore ten historic documents from Princeton that touch on histories of slavery, discrimination, school and housing segregation, and resistance, revealing the origins of the ongoing struggle for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Click here to register.

In October

Oct. 1 7:00 pm Building & Sustaining Racially-Progressive Schools

Not in Our Town Princeton organized panel discussion, inspired by the New York Times podcast series “Nice White Parents,” with education leaders and Princeton Public Schools administrators, teachers, parents, students and alumni.  Click here to register.

Oct 1, 8, and 15 7:00 – 9:00 pm What White People Can Do About Racism, Fundamentals Part 1 To learn more and to register, click here. Cost: $95. Center for the Study of White American Culture, Inc, (908) 245-4972, contact@euroamerican.org, http://www.euroamerican.org

Oct 2, 1:00 pm “The Hate U Give,” Princeton Senior Resource Center First Friday Film

Oct 4, 3:00 pm Fundraiser for Robeson House of Princeton: Conversation between Paul Krugman and Eduardo Porter

Click here to purchase tax-deductible $50.00 tickets.

Oct 4, Oct 18, Nov 1 and Nov 15 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm Roots Deeper Than Whiteness: building emotional strength & political clarity for collective liberation.

Online Course with White Awake. Facilitators: Eleanor Hancock and David Dean. Sliding scale $80 – $240 fee for course. No one turned away for lack of funds. Click here to register.

Oct 6 1:00 pm Racial Equity and Housing Justice during and after COVID-19

Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks at this National Low Income Housing Coalition program. Register for this live-stream event at: https://bit.ly/32yRqi6. Submit questions through the registration page or via social media using #RacialEquityandCOVID.

Oct 6 7:00 – 8:30 pm Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege

Brandon McKoy, New Jersey Policy Perspectives, will speak about elections and voting.

October 7 7:00 pm Understanding the History of Racism in Princeton: An Exploration Through Archives

Repeat of September 30 Historical Society of Princeton and  the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society event. Click here to register.

October 7 8:00 pm The Struggle for Racial Justice and Voting

Second installment of Facing History Now: Conversations on Equity and Justice featuring Carol Anderson, the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University.  Click here to register.

Oct 13, 7:00 pm A Dialogue with Taylor “Todd” Marrow III

Professor Marrow will discuss his new edition of  America Awakened: The anti-lynching campaign of Ida B. Wells-Barnett and his life growing up in Princeton.  Required donation of $20.00 to the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society will fund the installation of historical plaques in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood..  To register, go to www.princetonwjhcs.org.

Oct 20 10:30 am David Ikard: The real story of Rosa Parks — and why we need to confront myths about black history.  Princeton Senior Resource Center Ted Talks

 

September 23 1:00 pm Architecture and Experience: Designing a New Art Museum for Princeton with Architect Sir David Adjaye and Museum Director James Steward

Join Museum Director James Steward and Sir David Adjaye for an illustrated talk affording the first glimpses of the facility due to open in late 2024.  Free registration for the Architecture and Experience lecture via Zoom here.  (When prompted, click to sign in as “attendee”)

September 23 7:00 pm Understanding Princeton’s African-American History: An Exploration Through Places

Witherspoon-Jackson resident and Not in Our Town board member, Shirley Satterfield, will showcase the 29 plaques, illustrating the rich history of African-American establishments in Princeton, that have been installed and will soon be installed as the Heritage Tour in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood, Princeton’s 20th historic district. Click here to register via Crowdcast .

September 24 4:30 pm Writing About Our Identities

Panel discussion with Professor Tracy K. Smith in conversation with Morgan Jerkins, visiting professor at Columbia University and a Senior Editor at ZORA, and Rakesh Satyal, novelist and editor, to explore the nuances of writing about identity. RSVP via this link.

September 24 7:00 – 9:00 pm Transforming Criminal Justice in Our Lifetime: Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow 10 YEARS LATER

Keynote speaker Dr. Ruha Benjamin.  Panelists: Rev. Benjamin Boyer, Salvation and Social Justice, Udi Ofer, ACLU Deputy National Political Director, and Brooke Lewis, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. Sign up for your free ticket here.

September 25 7:00 pm Bucks County Book Festival Keynote Speaker Ibram X. Kendi

For additional information and registration, click here.

September 26 3:00 – 4:30 pm Shaping Peace Together: Identifying Stereotyping and Microaggressions in our Daily Lives

Presented by La Convivencia’s Youth Council.  Click here to register.

September 27 noon The Captive’s Quest for Freedom: Fugitive Slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and the Politics of Slavery

Richard J.M. Blackett, Andrew Jackson Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, will discuss his book during the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Book Breaks. RSVP here.

September 27 6:00 pm Princeton Civil Rights Commission Community Conversation with Rev. Lukata Mjumbe and the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church: Connecting Black and Brown communities. 

Click here to join.  At 7:45 pm, there will be a vigil and march up Witherspoon St. to the Princeton Theological Seminary Miller Chapel. Enter questions and comments here.

September 30 10:00 – 11:30 am COVID-19, Youth of Color, and Suicide Risk Indicators

Guest speaker: Kimme Carlos, founder of Urban Mental Health Alliance. Click here to register

September 30 7:00 pm Understanding the History of Racism in Princeton: An Exploration Through Archives

Historical Society of Princeton staff and members of the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society explore ten historic documents from Princeton that touch on histories of slavery, discrimination, school and housing segregation, and resistance, revealing the origins of the ongoing struggle for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Click here to register.

In October

Oct. 1 7:00 pm Building & Sustaining Racially-Progressive Schools

Not in Our Town Princeton organized panel discussion, inspired by the New York Times podcast series “Nice White Parents,” with education leaders and Princeton Public Schools administrators, teachers, parents, students and alumni.  Click here to register.

Oct 1, 8, and 15 7:00 – 9:00 pm What White People Can Do About Racism, Fundamentals Part 1 To learn more and to register, click here. Cost: $95. Center for the Study of White American Culture, Inc, (908) 245-4972, contact@euroamerican.org, http://www.euroamerican.org

Oct 2, 1:00 pm “The Hate U Give,” Princeton Senior Resource Center First Friday Film

Oct 4, 3:00 pm Fundraiser for Robeson House of Princeton: Conversation between Paul Krugman and Eduardo Porter

Click here to purchase tax-deductible $50.00 tickets.

Oct 4, Oct 18, Nov 1 and Nov 15 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm Roots Deeper Than Whiteness: building emotional strength & political clarity for collective liberation.

Online Course with White Awake. Facilitators: Eleanor Hancock and David Dean. Sliding scale $80 – $240 fee for course. No one turned away for lack of funds. Click here to register.

Oct 6 1:00 pm Racial Equity and Housing Justice during and after COVID-19

Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks at this National Low Income Housing Coalition program. Register for this live-stream event at: https://bit.ly/32yRqi6. Submit questions through the registration page or via social media using #RacialEquityandCOVID.

Oct 6 7:00 – 8:30 pm Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege

Brandon McKoy, New Jersey Policy Perspectives, will speak about elections and voting.

October 7 7:00 pm Understanding the History of Racism in Princeton: An Exploration Through Archives

Repeat of September 30 Historical Society of Princeton and  the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society event. Click here to register.

October 7 8:00 pm The Struggle for Racial Justice and Voting

Second installment of Facing History Now: Conversations on Equity and Justice featuring Carol Anderson, the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University.  Click here to register.

Oct 13, 7:00 pm A Dialogue with Taylor “Todd” Marrow III

Professor Marrow will discuss his new edition of  America Awakened: The anti-lynching campaign of Ida B. Wells-Barnett and his life growing up in Princeton.  Required donation of $20.00 to the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society will fund the installation of historical plaques in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood..  To register, go to www.princetonwjhcs.org.

Oct 20 10:30 am David Ikard: The real story of Rosa Parks — and why we need to confront myths about black history.  Princeton Senior Resource Center Ted Talks

 

September 23 1:00 pm Architecture and Experience: Designing a New Art Museum for Princeton with Architect Sir David Adjaye and Museum Director James Steward

Join Museum Director James Steward and Sir David Adjaye for an illustrated talk affording the first glimpses of the facility due to open in late 2024.  Free registration for the Architecture and Experience lecture via Zoom here.  (When prompted, click to sign in as “attendee”)

September 23 7:00 pm Understanding Princeton’s African-American History: An Exploration Through Places

Witherspoon-Jackson resident and Not in Our Town board member, Shirley Satterfield, will showcase the 29 plaques, illustrating the rich history of African-American establishments in Princeton, that have been installed and will soon be installed as the Heritage Tour in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood, Princeton’s 20th historic district. Click here to register via Crowdcast .

September 24 4:30 pm Writing About Our Identities

Panel discussion with Professor Tracy K. Smith in conversation with Morgan Jerkins, visiting professor at Columbia University and a Senior Editor at ZORA, and Rakesh Satyal, novelist and editor, to explore the nuances of writing about identity. RSVP via this link.

September 24 7:00 – 9:00 pm Transforming Criminal Justice in Our Lifetime: Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow 10 YEARS LATER

Keynote speaker Dr. Ruha Benjamin.  Panelists: Rev. Benjamin Boyer, Salvation and Social Justice, Udi Ofer, ACLU Deputy National Political Director, and Brooke Lewis, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. Sign up for your free ticket here.

September 25 7:00 pm Bucks County Book Festival Keynote Speaker Ibram X. Kendi

For additional information and registration, click here.

September 26 3:00 – 4:30 pm Shaping Peace Together: Identifying Stereotyping and Microaggressions in our Daily Lives

Presented by La Convivencia’s Youth Council.  Click here to register.

September 27 noon The Captive’s Quest for Freedom: Fugitive Slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and the Politics of Slavery

Richard J.M. Blackett, Andrew Jackson Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, will discuss his book during the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Book Breaks. RSVP here.

September 27 6:00 pm Princeton Civil Rights Commission Community Conversation with Rev. Lukata Mjumbe and the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church: Connecting Black and Brown communities. 

Click here to join.  At 7:45 pm, there will be a vigil and march up Witherspoon St. to the Princeton Theological Seminary Miller Chapel. Enter questions and comments here.

September 30 10:00 – 11:30 am COVID-19, Youth of Color, and Suicide Risk Indicators

Guest speaker: Kimme Carlos, founder of Urban Mental Health Alliance. Click here to register

September 30 7:00 pm Understanding the History of Racism in Princeton: An Exploration Through Archives

Historical Society of Princeton staff and members of the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society explore ten historic documents from Princeton that touch on histories of slavery, discrimination, school and housing segregation, and resistance, revealing the origins of the ongoing struggle for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Click here to register.

In October

Oct. 1 7:00 pm Building & Sustaining Racially-Progressive Schools

Not in Our Town Princeton organized panel discussion, inspired by the New York Times podcast series “Nice White Parents,” with education leaders and Princeton Public Schools administrators, teachers, parents, students and alumni.  Click here to register.

Oct 1, 8, and 15 7:00 – 9:00 pm What White People Can Do About Racism, Fundamentals Part 1 To learn more and to register, click here. Cost: $95. Center for the Study of White American Culture, Inc, (908) 245-4972, contact@euroamerican.org, http://www.euroamerican.org

Oct 2, 1:00 pm “The Hate U Give,” Princeton Senior Resource Center First Friday Film

Oct 4, 3:00 pm Fundraiser for Robeson House of Princeton: Conversation between Paul Krugman and Eduardo Porter

Click here to purchase tax-deductible $50.00 tickets.

Oct 4, Oct 18, Nov 1 and Nov 15 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm Roots Deeper Than Whiteness: building emotional strength & political clarity for collective liberation.

Online Course with White Awake. Facilitators: Eleanor Hancock and David Dean. Sliding scale $80 – $240 fee for course. No one turned away for lack of funds. Click here to register.

Oct 6 1:00 pm Racial Equity and Housing Justice during and after COVID-19

Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks at this National Low Income Housing Coalition program. Register for this live-stream event at: https://bit.ly/32yRqi6. Submit questions through the registration page or via social media using #RacialEquityandCOVID.

Oct 6 7:00 – 8:30 pm Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege

Brandon McKoy, New Jersey Policy Perspectives, will speak about elections and voting.

October 7 7:00 pm Understanding the History of Racism in Princeton: An Exploration Through Archives

Repeat of September 30 Historical Society of Princeton and  the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society event. Click here to register.

October 7 8:00 pm The Struggle for Racial Justice and Voting

Second installment of Facing History Now: Conversations on Equity and Justice featuring Carol Anderson, the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University.  Click here to register.

Oct 13, 7:00 pm A Dialogue with Taylor “Todd” Marrow III

Professor Marrow will discuss his new edition of  America Awakened: The anti-lynching campaign of Ida B. Wells-Barnett and his life growing up in Princeton.  Required donation of $20.00 to the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society will fund the installation of historical plaques in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood..  To register, go to www.princetonwjhcs.org.

Oct 20 10:30 am David Ikard: The real story of Rosa Parks — and why we need to confront myths about black history.  Princeton Senior Resource Center Ted Talks

Ruha Benjamin and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor named Freedom Scholars

Ruha Benjamin, associate professor of African American studies at Princeton University, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, assistant professor of African American studies, have been named among the first cohort of Freedom Scholars, an initiative supporting progressive academics who are at the forefront of movements for economic and social justice.

The Marguerite Casey Foundation and Group Health Foundation, which partnered to create the award, announced the $3-million initiative that will support 12 academics, each with a $250,000 award over two years.

The awards were established due to the limited financial resources and constraints that scholars, especially progressive scholars, frequently face. Freedom Scholars lead ​abolitionist, Black, feminist, queer, radical and anti-colonialist studies — critical fields of research that are often underfunded.​

Benjamin, who joined the faculty in 2014, studies the social dimensions of science, technology and medicine with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, and knowledge and power. 

She is the author of “People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier” (2013), “Race After Technology” (2019), and editor of “Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life” (2019).

Benjamin also is founding director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, which brings together students, educators, activists and artists to rethink and retool data for justice.

Taylor, a faculty member since 2014, writes and speaks on Black politics, social movements and racial inequality in the United States.

​A contributing writer at The New Yorker, Taylor is author of “Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership” (2019), which was a semi-finalist for the 2019 National Book Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2020.

Taylor’s earlier book, “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation” (2016), won the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book in 2016. She is editor of “How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective” (2018), which won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT nonfiction.

Sept. 15, 2020 4:15 p.m.

Board of Education candidates, Affordable Housing discussion, September 19, 2020

On Saturday, September 19 at 9:30 am, the Witherspoon Jackson Neighborhood Association will hold a virtual Board of Education candidates forum addressing issues of “equity, access, and accountability.”

For the first time in the history of Princeton, out of 8 candidates vying for the 3 open seats on the board, 3 are African American. This comes at a time during a national pandemic when virtual education, tutorials through PODS, internet access and connectivity could further exacerbate the historical minority education achievement gap-making it intractable to address, adjust, or reverse.

The second part of the meeting will be a discussion of zoning and its impact on affordable housing in Princeton. At a critical time, when African American home ownership is dwindling to the point of extinction, the question must be asked: “What options are left for longtime homeowners in Witherspoon Jackson and other neighborhoods, challenged by gentrification, zoning, yearly property tax revaluations/adjustments, and financial interests on behalf of developers?”

Click here to join meeting.

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