Several of the February events @Princeton Public Library focus on issues of bias in race, religion, and ethnicity. Not in Our Town/Princeton is directly involved in the events on February 1 and 7.
Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege
Feb 1, 7:30 p.m.
The dialogue on race and white privilege begun at Not In Our Town’s series “Engaging Together to Explore White Privilege” continues. There is no need to have attended any of the series’ sessions to participate. This will be a drop-in format, facilitated by members of the Princeton-based interracial and interfaith social action group. Topics will include feelings about the term “white privilege” and issues relevant to our community and nation. The topic for this month will be Jennifer Baszile’s “The Black Girl Next Door,” to be featured at the library on Sunday, February 7, at 2 p.m. (see below).
Witherspoon-Jackson Genealogy Group
Feb 4, 3 p.m.
The new Witherspoon-Jackson Genealogy Group will meet monthly in the Princeton Room to share ideas, listen to speakers, get beginners started with researching their roots and help each other with problems.
The group concentrates on the history of families who lived in the historic Witherspoon-Jackson community. On the steering committee are Carl E. Brown, Jr., Penney Edwards-Carter, Lucy Hall, Robert Harmon, Wallace Holland, Henry F. Pannell, Shirley Satterfield and Joseph Tadlock. Those interested in Princeton history or genealogy are invited to attend.
African American Read-In: Jennifer Baszile
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m.
The author of “The Black Girl Next Door” will be the speaker at this event. Baszile’s memoir is about her childhood in an affluent Southern California suburb as a post-segregation child in a not-quite-integrated world. In trips to her parents’ childhood homes in Louisiana and Detroit, she sees their very different American pasts. Baszile followed the path her parents set out to become the first black female professor at Yale University, in its history department. This is the 21st year of the African American Read-In, celebrated in communities across the nation. Initiated by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Read-in focuses on literacy and black literary culture.
Contemporary Fiction Group: “What Is the What” by Dave Eggers
Thursday, Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m.
Moving, suspenseful and unexpectedly funny, this epic novel is based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng, one of the “Lost Boys” forced to leave his village in Sudan at age 7 and trek hundreds of miles by foot to find freedom. When he finally settles in the United States, his life is one of promise as well as heartache and new challenges.
Feb 28, 3:30 p.m.
Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum, who serves Congregation String of Pearls in Princeton, will tell the classic story of the holiday Purim. The heroine is Queen Esther of Persia, whose bravery in the face of irrational hatred is still a model of many virtues worth emulating by both children and adults.
SATURDAY, FEB. 6, 2010 | 7:30pm | Solley Theater | $20/$15 Members | William D. Carter, III an evening of Musical Inspiration featuring Gospel, Classical & Contemporary
SATURDAY, FEB. 19 | 7:30pm | Solley Theater | $5 donation suggested | “Whitewash” is an acclaimed documentary exploring the complexity of race in America through the struggle and triumph of black surfers. Director Ted Woods will be present to introduce the film and answer questions.
SATURDAY, FEB. 27, 2010 | 1-2:30pm | Solley Theater |
Mlanjeni Magical Theatre combines storytelling and puppetry based in East African traditions. Hosted by storyteller Mlanjeni duma, the imaginative show introduces young audiences to traditional African folk music, dance, magic and stories.
All are sponsored by Bloomberg and J. Seward Johnson Sr. 1963 Charitable Trust
From NIOT board member Wilma:
This came from the League of Women Voters. It’s about a bill to allow undocumented grads of local high schools to be charged the same tuition as other instate students. The bill’s name is A194/S1036 and it is scheduled for a crucial vote on Monday, January 11.
The LWV asks “Could you please make it a priority today to contact Senator Shirley Turner’s office and ask her to support this bill?” Her office phone number is: (609) 530-3277. Here is a link with more information on the bill and how to find your senator’s telephone number.
“This bill has hidden economic aspects — more community college revenues, for example, as per the powerful testimony of Bergen Community College trustee Cid Wilson. We call it a win-win bill for New Jersey,” says the LWV supporter.
How will undocumented students be able to work legally after they graduate? According to this supporter, “this is a tiny bill that will help 600 to 2,000 undocumented students afford to attend college at the same tuition rate as their NJ peers. They will have no access to financial aid programs such as NJ Stars or Pell Grants.”
Also, “many of these “undocumenteds” have started the process of naturalization with INS, but they are caught in a years’ long wait, especially since 9/11. These students are most likely to stay in NJ with their families and make their homes here… and we can only hope that by the time the federal government finally devises how to normalize their status, one hopes they will be well-educated New Jersey taxpayers.”
Read more about this bill under “Immigrant Rights” at New Jersey Regional Coalition
This film, at the Princeton Public Library, is of great interest to NIOT and its friends, as excerpted in the library bulletin.
Thinking Allowed with: C. S. Manegold, in the Community Room
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.
The author’s “Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North” is the saga of five generations of slave owners in colonial New England, prominent dynasties tied to the Native American and Atlantic slave trades. The author exposes how the fortunes of these families and the fate of the 600-acre estate were bound to the tragic legacy of slavery. Manegold begins in the early 17th century and follows the history through to the present, bringing the story of slavery in the North full circle.
Web site: http://tenhillsfarm.com/
I also found the Labbe-DeBose article interesting and relevant to our (PPL drop-in) discussion last week. In fact, I thought the whole PAW issue was worth reading.
Regarding our discussion last week, I felt that everyone there wanted to learn how to be a better agent of change and was looking for insights into how to be more effective in confronting racism.
In our next get-together, it might be useful to share our own experiences – in our schools, work places, faith communities, families – where we have seen aspects of racism and talk about how we responded – whether successfully or unsuccessfully.