Not In Our Town Princeton

Black History Month Events, February 17–23, 2020

February 18, 2020, 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Trenton Public Library, 120 Academy St, Trenton

Black History Month: Famous Artists, grades 3rd – 8th, snacks provided.

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. Part of the third multiracial generation in his family, Steele’s son, Jack, was denied entry to a public school after refusing to check a box identifying his ethnicity. 1 hour, 24 minutes.

February 20, 2020, 7:30 PM, Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St, Princeton

Film Justice on Trial.  Civil rights attorneys sue the Justice Department for reparations with historic figures as witnesses.  Discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Chad Cooper, his father, Justice Lubbie Harper, Jr., Connecticut Super Attorney John Gesmonde, and Caroline Clarke, Esq.  To purchase tickets online, click here.

February 21, 2020, 6:00 to 7:30 PM, James Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St., Princeton

A screening as part of a day-long symposium centered on the work of African American filmmaker William Greaves, of Greaves’s newly restored 1972 film: Nationtime—Gary a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972. Free and open to public; registration encouraged; click here.

February 21, 2020, 7:30 PM, A Spirituals & Gospel Festival, Princeton High School, 16 Walnut Ln., Performing Arts Center

Princeton High School choirs, singers from Princeton African American churches, Praise Dance Ministries.  Tickets may be purchased from any student in the PHS Choral Program or at (609) 806-4315. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door.  Adults $10, Students & Seniors $5

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.  To purchase tickets online, click here.

February 22, 2020, 6:30 PM, Stone Hill Church, 1025 Bunn Drive, Princeton

Emanuel: the Untold Story of the Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting; movie and panel discussion.  Free of charge.

February 22, 2020, 7:30pm, Patriots Theater – War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton

 Brothers on Broadway. A tribute to Broadway’s African American leading men, from Sammy Dais Jr. and Cab Calloway to Ben Vereen and Gregory Hines. Featuring Keith Spencer, baritone. Click here for information and to purchase tickets ($35-$65).

February 23, 2020, 9:30 AM, Nassau Presbyterian Church 61, Assembly Room, Nassau St, Princeton

Strategies for Engagement. Community leaders, Cucqui Rivera, Jondhi Harrell, & Mia Hart, discuss programs offering hope and support for those in the criminal justice system or poverty, and how to become involved with this transformative work.

February 23, 2020, 5:45-7:30 PM, Cavalla Room, Bart Luedeke Center, Rider University, Lawrenceville

Gospel Fest with gospel song, dance and spoken word.  Free of charge.

Free screening of documentary Emanuel on 2/22

An image describing the timing of the free screening of Emanuel at the Stone Hill Church on Saturday, February 22nd
Stone Hill Church, Princeton (located at 1025 Bunn Drive) is sponsoring a free showing of the movie/documentary Emanuel followed by a panel discussion on Saturday February 22 at 6:30PM.
The movie explores the issues raised by the tragic shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015.

Special opportunity: Justice On Trial screening and discussion

An image shows the title (Justice On Trial) and time and date (7:30pm on 2/20) of a special screening at Princeton's Garden Theatre

What would happen if…

Next Thursday, 2/20, at 7:30pm will represent a unique opportunity to see the film “Justice On Trial” at the Princeton Garden Theater… and connect with the filmmaker!

Purchase your tickets at the door, or buy them in advance at (Proceeds from this event will be split equally between the Chad Lawson Cooper production company to support the development of social justice films, and the Princeton Garden Theatre.)

In “Justice On Trial,” two civil rights attorneys sue the U.S. Department of Justice for reparations and damages done to African-Americans, bringing back time-traveler witnesses, including Harriet Tubman, Medgar Evers, and Emmett Till, to testify. The evidence is then given to a mixed-cultural jury to deliberate.

The screening of the film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker, Dr. Chad Lawson Cooper, his father retired Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Lubbie Harper, Connecticut Super Attorney John Gesmonde, and NIOT Board member Caroline Clarke, Esq.

Please use the buttons below to help get the word out, write “Justice On Trial, 7:30pm, 2/20” on your calendar, bring a friend, and come on out!

Yours in the struggle,
Not In Our Town Princeton

PS: A special thanks to all our amazing co-sponsors!

Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice
Campaign to End the New Jim Crow- Greater Trenton Area Chapter
Carl A. Fields Center for Equality & Cultural Understanding – Princeton University
Committed and Faithful Princetonians
Hopewell Valley Race and Diversity Discussion Group
Hunterdon County Anti-Racism Coalition
Mass Incarceration Task Force of Nassau Presbyterian Church
Princeton Civil Rights Commission
Princeton SPEAR (Students for Prison Education and Reform)
Saint Bartholomew Lutheran Church of Trenton
Trinity Episcopal Church of Princeton
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton Racial Justice Task Force
Westminster Presbyterian Church of Trenton
Witherspoon Jackson Historical and Cultural Society
YWCA Princeton

Film: “Say Amen, Somebody,” February 27, 2020


There will be a special event screening at the Princeton Garden Theatre (160 Nassau St. Princeton) of the film “Say Amen, Somebody” on Thursday, February 27 at 7:30pm.
“Recently restored by Milestone Films with the support of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, this rapturous musical documentary is back in cinemas after 30 years. SAY AMEN, SOMEBODY is a joyous, funny, deeply emotional celebration of African American culture, featuring the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey, its matron, Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith, and earthshaking performances by the Barrett Sisters and the O’Neal Twins.”  Click here to purchase tickets.

Folded Map Project by Tonika Johnson

“Tonika Lewis Johnson’s Folded Map™ Project visually connects residents [map twins] who live at corresponding addresses on the North and South Sides of Chicago. She investigates what urban segregation looks like and how it impacts Chicago residents. . . . These Address Pairs serve not as mirror images of each other, but reflections on the history of Chicago—specifically the effect of years of disinvestment and segregation. . . . Johnson said. ‘It helps people understand that there’s a difference in investment in city resources and infrastructure. When people look at those photos, they’re able to see the difference in the sidewalks, the landscape, sometimes even just the streets themselves and the maintenance of the buildings.”  Check out the projects website and watch WTTW’s report on the exhibit and the project.

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