Not In Our Town Princeton

Sojourner Truth: “Ain’t I a Woman?” – Saturday, February 14, 2 p.m., Plainsboro Public Library

Sojourner Truth: “Ain’t I a Woman?” – Saturday, February 14, 2 p.m.  The library celebrates Black History month with a performance by scientist and teacher Dr. Nelson Daisy Century, as Sojourner Truth, a former slave who became a celebrated preacher, abolitionist, nurse, recruiter for the Union Army, and proponent of women’s rights. The program is funded by Horizons Speakers Bureau of the NJ Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

ADDRESS: PLAINSBORO PUBLIC LIBRARY, 9 VAN DOREN ST., Plainsboro, NJ 08536, 609-275-2897

Event Calendar Now Available


Just in time for Black History Month 2015, Not in Our Town Princeton is pleased to add a more robust calendar function to our website. Please see the Event Calendar tab at the top of this page for information about upcoming events that may be of interest to those seeking to build a more inclusive and racially just community.

If you know of an event that you think should be included here, please email us at with event details and we’ll try to include it.

Film: “DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till,” Sunday, February 8, 2015

There will be a screening of the film at The Princeton Garden Theatre,160 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ  on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  

Adapted from the acclaimed one-man play of the same name, written and performed by Mike Wiley, this film is the true story of the brutal death of Emmett  Till, a black 14-year old from Chicago.

Till went missing shortly after stepping off the train in Money, Mississippi and his mutilated body was later found in a river. The film is a dramatization of the historic interviews and events surrounding the murder that journalist Ed Bradley called “a  spark that ignited the civil rights movement in America.”  (running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes)

Filmmaker Rob Underhill will Skype in for a post-screening Q&A.

Tickets for this event are free, but limited.  Pre-ordered ticket holders will be seated first; available seats will be given to those without tickets prior to screening time.

This film screening is co-sponsored by the Baker Street Social Club, The Garden Theatre, the library and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Growing Up X: Ilyasah Shabazz on February 10

 2015 feb 2 shabazzOn Tuesday, February 10 at 6pm at the Carl Lewis Center (Princeton University, Olden Avenue at Prospect)  Ilyasah Shabazz will talk about what it was like to grow up in the shadow of her father, Malcolm X, a human rights activist who was assassinated when she was just two years old. In this lecture, Ms. Shabazz will also discuss the media’s representation of her father. In the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting, and the death of Tamir Rice and Eric Garner, Ms. Shabazz will offer some suggestions on where we go from here.

Efforts Against Racism: noted in the Princeton Echo

2015 feb 2 echo photoThe monthly newspaper,  Princeton Echo , featured Not in Our Town in a lengthy article entitled “A Community Unites Against Racism.”  Six members of NIOT Princeton wrote about our group’s history — how it began — and its mission.

The same issue had an article about how Albert Einstein advocated for African Americans.

The current (February) issue has an article about CHOOSE, a website created by Princeton High School students “as an outlet for people from every walk of life to share both positive and negative experiences regarding race on a local level.”

The conversation continues…

The photo by Suzette J. Lucas pictures Antwuan Richardson and Derick Harris, boh students at Princeton Theological Seminary, participating in a December 8 protest.

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