NIOT Princeton

Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Stories Project Launch, February 22

Share stories and histories of the W-J Neighborhood and celebrate the launch of the W-J Neighborhood Stories Project, Sunday, February 22, 3-5 pm at the Princeton Arts Council. Collaborators include the Paul Robeson House, Princeton Public Library and the Historical Society of Princeton.The event is free and all are invited to join us for a presentation about the history of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood by historian Shirley Satterfield and a discussion led by former mayor Michele Tuck-Ponder.”

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Princeton: Yesterday and Today

Not In Our Town board member Shirley Satterfield, the acknowledged historian of the Princeton African American community, reminisces about the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood and the former “Colored Y,” now the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts which houses the Arts Council of Princeton.

How Black Lives Have Always Mattered: A Reading List

From NPR’s Code Switch thanks to NIOT member Simona Brickers.  “Several recent history books help illuminate the historical contradictions that Black History Month exemplifies, namely, how a nation founded on racial slavery became both a beacon for radical hope and a defender of racial segregation and economic injustice.”

A Kaffeeklatsch on Race

Charles Blow brings his usual brilliant analysis to the talk about policing and race by FBI director James Comey, in his February 15, 2015 column in the New York Times.  “What too few people mention when discussing crime is the degree to which concentrated poverty, hopelessness and despair are the chambermaids of violence and incivility.”  To me, this example of Blow’s insight coupled with the beauty of his language is reminiscent of James Baldwin.

As Blow points out, “We need to stop calling for the conversation [about race] and realize that we are already having it.”  Not In Our Town’s next Continuing Conversation will be held on Monday, March 2.  The topic will be American black history, postponed from the cancelled February meeting.

What white kids don’t learn about black history

White journalist, Josh Kruger, describes his efforts to learn the history of African Americans that was missing from his public school education.

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