Not In Our Town Princeton

Events, January, 2022

Continue checking this post for updates and additional events.  All times are ET (Eastern Standard Time).

January 3, 2022 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege: “Looking Back at the Capitol Insurrection: Growing Far-Right Extremism and the Future of American Democracy.”

Cassie Miller, senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project and expert on the American far right, the white power movement, and political violence, will present on the context and legacy of the Capitol resurrection last January 6.  This program is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Click here to register.

January 4, 2022 7:00 p.m. Campaign to End the New Jim Crow – Greater Trenton Chapter meeting

Program speaker is Tia Ryans from All or None of Us, the grassroots civil and human rights organization which advocates for recently incarcerated people and their families. For Zoom log in information for this meeting:

January 5, 2022 8:00 p.m. The Never-Ending Insurrection: Legacies of January 6

This African American Policy Forum’s Under the Blacklight episode will examine not merely the details of this shocking effort to subvert democracy, but also the key undercurrents of racial resentment and right-wing authoritarianism that fed into the attempted coup.  Click here to RSVP.

January 9, 2022 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Fiesta del Día de Los Reyes Magos: A Three Kings Day Flamenco Celebration

This live performance features the youth performers of the Arts Council of Princeton’s Flamenco program, led by Lisa Botalico, and multiple dance numbers as you learn about this cultural holiday. Suggested donation: $10. All proceeds benefit Arts Council community programming. Register here

Celebra la Fiesta del Dia de los Reyes Magos, un evento cultural para familias, presentando Bailes de Flamenco dirigidos por Lisa Botalico. Domingo, 6 de enero, 2021. Donación Sugerida: $10.

January 9, 2022 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Affordable Housing in a Just World: Basics and Beyond

Panel (Diane Ciccone, former W. Windsor councilperson, Mitchell Newman, Sr. VP Lennar Home Builders, Alice Small, president Princeton Community Housing) discusses types of housing, process and advantages of creating affordable housing, who’s involved and what they do.  Email to register for free, virtual program.

January 11 – February 26, 2022 Art Against Racism: Manifesting Beloved Community (West Windsor Arts Council, 952 Alexander Rd., Princeton. (609) 716-1931)

Artists explore what it means to live in a nation or world designed around social and economic justice without the ills of structural racism, inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Beloved Community.” Opening Reception: January 16, 2022 (virtual and in-person) The exhibition will be housed in two locations – at West Windsor Arts in Princeton Junction and at Whole World Arts at MarketFair Shopping Center. Selected work will also be shown in online galleries at

January 12, 2022 7:00 p.m. A Jazz and Poetry Watch Party: “Phronesis: A Focus on Frequency”

Free jazz and poetry Zoom watch party featuring work by local poets set to the music of John Coltrane, Jimmy Greene, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, and Stanley Turrentine. Click here to RSVP.

January 13, 2022 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Music of the Civil Rights Movement

Mercer County Library System invites you on a musical tour of Civil Rights history in America. John Clark, music historian, will cover the historical relevance and back stories of 1950s and 1960s anthems and songs that were popular through the Civil Rights Movement. Click here for required registration. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

January 13, 2022 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. Black Voices Book Group: Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” is a non-fiction work by Zora Neale Hurston. It is based on her interviews in 1927 with Cudjoe Lewis, the last presumed living survivor of the Middle Passage. This Princeton Public Library group meets via ‘Google Meet‘ which works best using the Chrome internet browser.

January 13 – 15, 2022 10th Annual Schomburg [Virtual] Black Comic Book Festival

The Black Comic Book Festival (BCBF) celebrates Black comic books and graphic novels, and provides a platform for independent publishers to get their work directly to readers of color. Plus, the exhibition, Boundless: 10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures, will be on display and open to the public at the Schomburg Center beginning January 14, 2022.

Guide to MLK Day Events in New Jersey

Jersey Cares Day of Service

January 17, 2022 9:00 a.m. – noon A Day of Service in Nature in Princeton (Mountain Lakes House, 57 Mountain Ave., Princeton)

Help Friends of Princeton Open Space continue work on the Riparian Restoration Project: Restore the Lakeshore. Click here to register.

January 17, 2022 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day 2022: Community Bagel Breakfast + Art-Making (Arts Council of Princeton, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton 08542)

Bagel and coffee breakfast, family-friendly art-making (MLK quote lawn signs + posters), Emblem Making and Protest History with the Historical Society of Princeton, Canned foods drive to benefit RISE Food Pantry. This free program was made possible by Princeton University.

January 17, 2022 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. MLK Day of Service (West Windsor)

Co-sponsored by West Windsor Arts, the African American Parent Support Group (AAPSG) and the WW-P youth chapter of the NAACP. Click here to sign up for one or more service projects to complete in advance by registering for one or more tickets on this event. Deliver completed projects to the West Windsor Arts Center at 952 Alexander Rd in Princeton Junction, NJ on Monday, January 17th between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm.

January 17, 2022 Indoor Special Storytime: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (The Mercer County Library, Ewing Branch, 61 Scotch Road, Ewing)

Participants can be a part of a short play in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. life’s accomplishments. Craft to follow. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Limited to 10 attendees. Registration is required. Call 609-882-3148 or e-mail

January 17, 2022 Noon to 300 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service POSTPONED

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands is holding a work session in the Mapleton Preserve: All are welcome. Call 609-683-0483 for more information, or if you would like to involve a group to help.  For more details, visit or @FPNLnj or call 609-683-0483.

For additional information contact MCLS Staff

January 17, 2022 7:00-8:30 p.m. Multifaith Service to Commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Coalition for Peace Action and the Princeton Clergy Association present the annual multifaith service to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.  This year again the service will be online. The Rev. Dr. David Latimore, Director of the Betsey Stockton Center for Black Church Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary will be this year’s preacher.  Click here for the Zoom link.

January 17, 24, and 31, 2022 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Reconnecting to our wholeness. Seeing ourselves as racial beings

Dr. Nathalie Edmond’s anti-racism workshop will balance discernment and action. Click here for additional information and registration. Cost range is based on social justice model: use insurance (if active client of Mindful and Multicultural Counseling*), $100 (bodies of color/those with less financial resources), $160 (pay for self), or $200 (pay for self and others). To register, click here.

January 19, 2022 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Queering Black Studies

Princeton University’s African American Studies department and Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies are co-sponsoring this spring colloquium to discuss historical, literary, and cultural analyses of Black queer life throughout the African diaspora. Panelists include Omise’eke Tinsley (University of California, Santa Barbara), Jafari Allen (University of Miami), and Kemi Adeyemi (University of Washington). Click here to register for this free program.

January 20, 27, February 3, 2022 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Why Color Matters

This three-part introductory workshop takes a critical look at colorblindness and explores anti-racist color consciousness as a more effective path to racial justice. Cost: $125 through 12/31; increases to $150 on 1/1/2022.  Click here to register.

January 20, 2022 7:30 p.m. The Extraordinary Journey of a Multiracial Jewish Family in Early America

Dr. Laura Arnold Liebman presents the history of Sarah Brandon Rodriguez and her journey from being an enslaved person in Barbados to entering New York’s Jewish elite. To register for virtual program, email

January 23, 2022 3:00 p.m. “Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership,” Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Professor Taylor will discuss her book that  examines the ways that housing policies inspired and shaped by the private sector undermined the federal government’s ability to enforce fair housing rules and regulations long after the passage of the Fair Housing Act. Register here before Friday, January 21, 12:00 noon

January 24 and 31, 2022 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Not for Asian Americans Only: Reckoning Anti-Asian Racism in the Era of COVID-19

Beyond Diversity Resource Center presents a two-part workshop on anti-Asian racism. Tuition is $150. Click here to register.

January 27, 2022 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Imagining the Oriental South: The Enslaved Mixed-Race Beauty in British Art and Visual Culture, c. 1865-1880

This talk by Mia Bagneris of Tulane University explores Britons’ pronounced and continued fascination with the figure of the enslaved American mixed-race beauty—even and especially after the abolition of slavery in the United States.  Click here to register for the virtual event.

January 29 – May 22, 2022 Posing Beauty in African American Culture (New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton. (609) 292-6464

The exhibition explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts.


2022 Robeson Scholars Program

Change the world as Youth Scholars | Artists | Athletes

Honoring a Legacy of Leadership and Excellence

Paul Robeson touched the lives of people all over the world. The Paul Robeson House of Princeton would like to recognize the brilliance of youth who have made commitments to scholarship, leadership and excellence. Nominations and applications to the 2022 Robeson Scholars Program are being accepted online to recognize the brilliance and vision of high school students in New Jersey communities where the Robeson family lived, studied and served. Registration opens 01.24.22. Applications will be accepted online from 02.01.22 through 02.28.22. Recipients will be notified by 03.15.22. Awards will be presented during Robeson Week Events culminating 04.09.22.

2022 Robeson Scholar Program Registration

Nominations/applications may be completed using the following REGISTRATION LINK. All applications must be completed by 11:59p on Monday, February 28, 2022.

Affordable Housing in a Just World: Basics and Beyond, January 9, 2022

The second program in a Zoom series on how to make affordable housing a reality in our towns will take place on Sunday, January 9, 2022, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. To register or for more information, email  

Planned by members of three synagogues, Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction, Har Sinai Temple in Pennington, and The Jewish Center in Princeton, the program will address the development of affordable housing from three perspectives: Diane Ciccone, attorney and former West Windsor councilperson, will share the challenge of complying with affordable housing requirements in a suburban town; Mitchell Newman, senior vice president at Lennar and planning board chair of the Millstone Township Planning Board, will look at corporate development of affordable housing, and Alice Small, board president of the private nonprofit developer of affordable housing Princeton Community Housing Development Corp., will offer the view of a nonprofit that develops and manages affordable housing communities.

The webinar’s moderator will be Peter Buchsbaum, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge, of counsel to Lanza and Lanza in Flemington, and court master in six Mount Laurel cases where he “advises the court on the appropriateness of a proposed affordable plan, … advises towns, and helps settle cases.”



Continuing Conversation, January 3, 2022: “Looking Back at the Capitol Insurrection: Growing Far-Right Extremism and the Future of American Democracy”

At the January 3 Continuing Conversation, at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Cassie Miller, Senior Research Analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, will look  at how we arrived at the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, how the far-right has mobilized in the insurrection’s aftermath, and what we can expect in the future.  Miller has been at SPLC since 2016 as a Mellon Foundation/American Council for Learned Societies Public Fellow.  She is an expert on the American far right, the white power movement, and political violence. Click here to register.

Joyce Trotman-Jordan Interview with the Greater Princeton Mental Health Coalition

Joyce Trotman-Jordan, member of the Board of Trustees of Not In Our Town Princeton, was interviewed earlier in the year by Soorya Baliga, co-president of the Greater Princeton Mental Health Coalition and Not in Our Town Princeton Youth Adviser. In answer to the question, “What is the connection between racism and mental health?” she replied, “As a person of color having grown up in between Princeton and Trenton, I have an understanding that mental health and racism kind of go hand-in-hand because of micro- and macro-aggressions. When those happen throughout your lifetime, it wears down on you and creates this mental anguish and self-doubt of ‘Is there something wrong with me? Am I the problem?’” 

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