Not In Our Town Princeton

Black History Month 2020


Want to plan ahead for Black History Month?  The list below has information on a selection of activities in the Princeton area.

 January 30, 2020, 7:00  – 9:00 PM, Princeton Public Library

Lecture: “Palmer Square: A History”

Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood historian Shirley Satterfield gives a presentation on the history of Palmer Square and the lasting effect of urban renewal on Princeton’s African-American community. Historic photographs and documents from the Historical Society of Princeton will be featured.

January 31, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Princeton Public Library

Film: “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am”

This documentary examines the life of American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University Toni Morrison who died last year at the age of 88. Morrison was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and is known for her nuanced discussion of race in America. Through the use of archival material, art and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis and Morrison herself, the film presents pieces of Morrison’s life, from her childhood in the working-class steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to her journey as a novelist and public intellectual. 1 hour, 59 minutes.

February 1, 2020, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Princeton Public Library African American Read-In

The African American Read-In, an event dedicated to diversity in literature, is presented in partnership with Princeton Public Schools. Please check back for updates and more events as the month approaches.

11 AM Poet Khalil Murrell talks about his journey to becoming a poet, reads from his work, and takes audience questions.

Noon. Student performance: ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological, & Scientific Olympics)

1:15 PM Books Transform | An Inter-generational Presentation on the African American books that have been meaningful and/or transformative to members of our community.

February 2, 2020, 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Princeton Public Library

Concert: “Comes Love: The Songs of Billie Holiday.” Demetria Joyce Bailey performs the songs that Billie Holiday loved to sing including hits such as “God Bless the Child” and “Lover Man” and lesser-known selections including “Gloomy Sunday” and “Did I Remember.” Bailey, an actress on the stage and screen, possesses a powerful vocal range and sings old-school jazz and blues in the tradition of Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

February 3, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Princeton Public Library

Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege: The Green Book: An American Journey Through White Racism. Covers how the denial of equal accommodation for all Americans stimulated resistance, initiated lawsuits, created a travel guide and nurtured an entrepreneurial class that built new businesses to provide those accommodations.

February 6, 2020, 5:15 PM, Ujima Village Christian Church, Ewing

New Jersey Historical Commission Listening Session in Preparation for Observance of the 250th Anniversary of the United States in 2026. The New Jersey Historical Commission is gathering members of the African American community to hear their thoughts and needs related to our state’s observance of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States in 2026.

February 6, 2020, 6:00 PM, Nassau Presbyterian Church 61 Nassau St, Princeton

Black History Month Concert, Trenton Children’s Chorus.  An evening celebrating African-American heritage and culture featuring Trenton Children’s Chorus and the renowned Westminster Jubilee Singers.

February 7, 2020, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Ellarslie Museum, Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ

City of Trenton, Black History Month Celebration: Jazz Poetry Art. Contact: 609-989-3369

February 10, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Princeton Public Library

Authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills: “A Proud Heritage: The African American Presence and Contribution in the Sourland Mountain Region and Surrounding Areas”

February 15, 2020, 8 AM – 4 PM, at Rutgers University-Newark.

Marian Thompson Wright Conference, “Black Futures: What Seems to Be, Need Not Be.”  For additional information

February 16, 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM, Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 112 Witherspoon St., Princeton

Book Discussion: Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King Jr.

February 19, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Princeton Public Library

Documentary: “How Jack Became Black.”                                                                         Filmmaker Eli Steele explores issues of race and identity politics inspired by his own experiences and those faced by his children. Part of the third multiracial generation in his family, Steele’s son, Jack, was denied entry to a public school after Steele refused to check a box identifying his ethnicity. 1 hour, 24 minutes.

February 20, 2020, 7:30 PM, Princeton Garden Theatre

Film “Justice on Trial.”  Civil rights attorneys sue Justice Department for reparations with historic figures as witnesses.  Discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Chad Cooper and his father, Justice Lubbie Harper, Jr.

February 22, 2020, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Hopewell

Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum Gospel Brunch, featuring Eric Gambre’ll, an award winning gospel recording artist, Laticia Lewis, Violinist, and Bertha Morgan, Soloist, from the Christ Baptist Church of Burlington, NJ.

February 24, 2020, 6:30 PM, Princeton Public Library

Discussion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Why We Can’t Wait facilitated by Joyce Trotman-Jordan.

February 28, 2020, 6:00 PM, Trenton City Hall, 319 East State St., Trenton

Black History Month Movie Night. A movie night featuring a curated film chosen to educate, enlighten, and expose the community to the vast contributions and impact of the African American community.
Refreshments will be served. Please contact the City Clerk’s office at 609-989-3190 with any questions.

Princeton High School True Justice Screening, February 7, 2020

The “True Justice” screening and discussion is part of the celebration of the African American Read-In, which features the texts, talks, and discussions by and about African American authors and serve as a way to recognize and amplify their work.


Race and Medicine: The Harm That Comes From Mistrust

While racial differences in health care outcomes are due to differences in health behaviors, education and income, mistrust of the health care system by African Americans and other People of Color also plays a role.  Austin Frakt describes racism in the health system and gives examples of communication barriers and racial stereotyping, such as the legacy of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and the sterilization of nonwhite women without consent and at times coerced.  To read the article, click here.

Why Color Matters, February 1, 8 & 15, 2020

Enroll in this 6-hour interactive webinar offered in three 2-hour sessions intended to explore:

colorblindness as a racial ideology
how colorblindness compares to white supremacy
how colorblindness compares to color consciousness
origin and history of colorblindness
problems and ramifications of colorblindness
origin and history of color consciousness
effectiveness of color consciousness as pathway to racial justice
practical applications of color consciousness

Saturdays 5-7PM, Part 1: 2/1/20, Part 2: 2/8/20, Part 3: 2/15/20

Cost: Online Webinar: $95

All registrations are final. We are not able to issue refunds for anyone who misses any portion of the workshop. Click here to register.

For more information about the webinar or in person workshop, including the format and a detailed list of topics covered, click here.

Center for the Study of White American Culture, Inc

Kerwin Webb: Equal Justice Initiative Historical Marker in Eatontown, January 29, 2020


On Wednesday, January 29, 6:30-8:30 PM at the award-winning program “Let’s Talk About Race” at the Red Bank Public Library, 84 W. Front St., Red Bank, Kerwin Webb of the Greater Red Bank NAACP will present a program on efforts by the NJ Social Justice Remembrance Coalition, in cooperation with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) to place an EJI Historical Marker at the site where Samuel Johnson was lynched in 1886 in Eatontown, NJ.

For more information call the library at #732-842-0690

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