Not In Our Town Princeton

Black History Month Events, February 10–16, 2020

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 14, 2020, 2 PM Monroe Public Library, Meeting Room, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp.

“Ethics of Living Jim Crow.” Reginald C. Brown brings the stories of Jim Crow to life, exposing the oppression, determination and resiliency of African Americans in an adaptation of Uncle Tom’s Children by Richard Wright.

February 14, 2020, 12 – 3 PM, Princeton Public Library

Frederick Douglass Birthday. Members of the public, and especially teachers and students, are invited to enjoy some cake and participate in an online crowdsourcing project focusing on Anna Julia Cooper (1858 – 1964), a visionary writer, teacher, and activist who championed education for African Americans and women.  Register by clicking here.

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

150 Years is Enough. Retha Onitiri, Director of Community Engagement, will speak about the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice’s campaign which seeks to close two youth prisons and invest in community-based systems of care as alternatives to incarceration.

February 16, 2020, 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 16, 2020, 4:00 PM, ACME Screening Room, 25 S. Union St, Lambertville

Seldom Told Stories: Black History & the Delaware River; short films and discussion. Speakers: Elaine Buck & Beverly Mills, Linda Mead.  Click here to purchase tickets.

Brothers on Broadway featuring Baritone Keith Spencer, February 22, 2020


On Saturday, February 22 at 7:30 PM, in Patriots Theater at the War Memorial (1 Memorial Dr, Trenton, NJ) there will be a tribute to Broadway’s African American leading men, including legends such as Sammy Davis Jr., Cab Calloway, Ben Vereen, Paul Robeson, and Gregory Hines. Music by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Bernstein, and more.

Nationally-recognized baritone vocalist, Keith Spencer, presents his tour de force musical showcase, Brothers on Broadway in partnership with the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey. This one-man celebratory tribute to Broadway’s African American leading men has kept audiences and critics alike clamoring for more. With a showman’s flair, Keith leads us on a show-stopping musical journey from humble reflections of black minstrelsy through the undeniable progress afforded African Americans through musical theatre. Brothers on Broadway pays homage to the concert works and musical theatre performances of artists such as Paul Robeson, Ben Vereen, Sammy Davis, Jr., Gregory Hines, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and many other notable artists. This concert experience commemorating Black History Month includes well-known selections from shows such as Porgy and Bess, Ragtime, Pippin, The Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton, and more. Since its inception, Brothers on Broadway has continued to rise to critical acclaim. Now, for the first time, Brothers on Broadway will be presented as a full orchestral experience courtesy of the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey and Maestro Daniel Spalding.

Purchase tickets ($35.00 and $65.00) by clicking here.

Learning How to Merchandise: Prada and Barnes & Noble

After a year of negotiations, on February 4, 2020, the New York City Commission on Human Rights settled a case against Prada, which had displayed figurines that resembled monkeys in blackface in its shop window.  As a result of the settlement, Prada will:

•Ensure that NYC employees and Milan executives receive racial equity training.

•Develop a scholarship program for people historically underrepresented in fashion

•Hire a senior, director-level diversity and inclusion officer who will review Prada’s advertising and products sold in the United States, as well as review and monitor Prada’s anti-discrimination policies

•Maintain Prada’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, launched by Prada in February of 2019,with a minimum of 3-5 members for a period of at least 6 years, with regular reporting by Prada on the council’s progress to the Commission.

•Consult with Dr. Joyce Brown, president of the Fashion Institute of Technology, who sits on the Diversity and Inclusion Council.

The next day, Barnes & Noble said it was cancelling its plans to promote classic novels by white authors, some with known racist views, by featuring covers with people of color.  According to the New York Times, “Barnes & Noble planned to promote the redesigned books at one of its biggest stores, on New York City’s Fifth Avenue, and at a panel session on diversity.”  Critics questioned why the company created this project instead of displaying works by African American authors.

Lack of Support for Team Native Mascots by Native Americans

Berkeley News  reported that “[c]ontrary to polls showing that relatively few Native Americans take offense at the Washington Redskins’ name, a new UC Berkeley study has found that at least half of more than 1,000 Native Americans surveyed are offended by the football team’s 87-year-old moniker and Native mascots in general. . . . Of those polled for the study, 57% who strongly identify with being Native American and 67% of those who frequently engage in tribal cultural practices were found to be deeply insulted by caricatures of Native American culture” [chief headdresses, war cries and the tomahawk chop, etc.].  The study’s findings will be published in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science in February, 2020.

“Justice on Trial,” Film and Discussion, February 20, 2020

JOT imageOn Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:30 PM, at The Garden Theatre (160 Nassau Street, Princeton) Not in Our Town Princeton is hosting the film “Justice on Trial.” 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 film will be followed by a discussion and Q & A with filmmaker Dr. Chad Lawson Cooper, his father retired Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Lubbie Harper, Jr., Connecticut Super Attorney John Gesmonde and Caroline Clarke, Esq.

To purchase tickets, click here.

The film is sponsored by

Not In Our Town Princeton

Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice • Campaign to End the New Jim Crow- Greater Trenton Area

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

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 .

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