Not In Our Town Princeton

Neo-African Americans

Filmmaker Kobina Aidoo will screen and discuss his documentary, “The Neo-African Americans,” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center for Equality & Cultural Understanding located at 58 Prospect Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

The one-hour documentary addresses how rapid, voluntary immigration from Africa and the Caribbean to the United States is transforming the “African American” narrative. From Somalis in Minnesota, to Trinidadians in New York, to Afro-Cubans in Miami, to Nigerians in Maryland, the term “African-American” means something unique to everyone. But the film asks if these individuals are considered African-Americans.

The film includes interviews with social scientists, activists, and African, Caribbean and Afro-Latino immigrants now living in cities across the United States. “The Neo-African Americans” analyzes the major issues arising from black immigration– self-identification, income, black-on-black tensions, education, affirmative action and more.

Aidoo, originally from Ghana, currently works at the World Bank as a public affairs consultant in Washington, DC. He initially came to the United States to study broadcast communications at Barry University in Miami and later continued with MBA studies. He has also provided economic consulting work for the Ministry of Economy of the United Arab Emirates. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree with a specialty in International Trade and Finance from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he also served as co-chief editor of the “Africa Policy Journal.”

The event is sponsored by the University’s Carl A. Fields Center for Equality & Cultural Understanding, Black History Month Committee, Akwaaba, the Black Student Union and the Princeton Caribbean Connection. The program is part of a series of events being offered during Black History Month at the university.

(This is a press release from the university)

Youth in Jeans



You never know, with kids, how they will meet and mix with strangers, but today it worked. First Baptist Church of Princeton had its Youth in Jeans day today. It was an inspiring and exciting service. Before the processional, two youth from Princeton United Methodist Church struck up a conversation with three young Baptist women and discovered — that they go to the same schools, Mercer County Community College and West Windsor Plainsboro Schools. When they parted, they were exchanging emails.

Not in THEIR Bordentown

They picketed the funerals of those felled in Tucson, and now they are coming to New Jersey. But people are bandingtogether to protest the protestors, the extremists from Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas.

U.S. Army Spc Benjamin Moore, a Bordentown native, was killed in Afghanistan, and his funeral is this Saturday atTrinity United Methodist Church. The mayor of Bordentown has issued a proclamation honoring the fallen soldier. At least 150 people including VFW members, the soldier’s fellow firefighters, a group called Compassionate Friends, and retirees from the New Jersey State Police plan a counter demonstration. Like the citizens of Tucson, they have an action plan. They will offer a human fence to protect friends and family, and a group called Angels will dress up in outfits with large wings to hide the protesters. (Above, a picture of an Angel group in Tucson).
Reverend Tom Miller, the pastor at Trinity, says everyone who wants to be supportive is welcome. There are parking concerns, so a lot has been set up on Route 130 south at a former Acme Market, where there will be shuttles to take people into town. As of Wednesday evening, according to the Facebook page of “Angels for Ben,” supporters are invited to meet at this parking lot at 6 a.m. to be shuttled into town by 7:30 a.m. The viewing begins at 9 a.m. at the church. In contrast to the expected behavior of the Westboro contingent, the counter demonstration is to be peaceful and nonconfrontational.
Says Bordentown: Not in our town, will we allow hate to prevail.
(This post was taken from Princeton Comment)

Melissa Harris-Perry on Radio Times

(This post is taken from the WHYY website for Radio Times).
Last year, in a speech at the Justice Department, attorney general Eric Holder called Americans cowards when it comes to talking honestly about race. He said, “Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we average Americans simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”

Why is it so difficult to have conversations about race? Marty Moss-Coane talked this morning (Friday, January 14) with Princeton’s Melissa Harris-Perry and John L. Jackson of the University of Pennsylvania. It will be rebroadcast tonight at 10 p.m. on WHYY and is available by MP#.

They discussed whether we talk differently about race now than at the height of the civil rights movement, and whether the presidency of Barack Obama has changed the way we think about race.

Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

The Princeton Clergy Association’s Annual Interfaith Service to Commemorate and honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King will be on Monday, January 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Ave. in Princeton. Parking is available in the Park Place lot and in Princeton University’s Lot 10.

Rev. Catherine Williams, pastoral care assistant at PUMC, will preach, and Rev. Bob Moore of the Coalition for Peace Action will be among the faith leaders from many traditions who will lead the service.

Another observance of the day: the Arts Council of Princeton will host an afternoon of creative learning, artistic expression, and hands-on fun for children, all in an effort to bring Dr. King’s efforts to life. The program will be Monday, January 17, 1 to 4 p.m., at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. Participating will be Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum, the Historical Society of Princeton, and the Princeton High School Community Service Group.

Princeton University will hold its annual celebration on Monday at 1 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Schoolchildren who have won a “Trumpets of Conscience Award” will receive their prizes. For an account of last year’s celebration, click here.
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