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Ways to celebrate Black History Month in South Jersey and region

Journal Staff Report | 1/30/2018, 7:12 a.m.
February is Black History Month, and organizations throughout South Jersey and the region are hosting events and celebrations of black ...
The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey will celebrate its 16th Anniversary and the 80th Birthday of Founder and President Ralph E. Hunter, Sr.

February is Black History Month, and organizations throughout South Jersey and the region are hosting events and celebrations of black American culture and heritage. The following is a list of ways to appreciate the vibrant history and culture of black America.

February 1, 11 & 12

Rutgers University–Camden celebrates Black History Month with series of free, public events, featuring M.K. Asante keynote address

CAMDEN – A series of activities will celebrate cultural diversity at Rutgers University–Camden throughout Black History Month in February.

The events, which are free of charge and open to the public, will be held at various locations in the Campus Center and Fine Arts Complex, located on Third Street, between Cooper Street and Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

Highlighting the month-long celebration, M.K. Asante, author of the critically acclaimed Buck: A Memoir, will present the Ida B. Wells-Barnett keynote lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb.1, in the Multi-Purpose Room, located on the main level of the Campus Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and Asante’s address will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Asante is a bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, recording artist, and professor whom CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force.”

Buck: A Memoir, which made The Washington Post bestseller list in 2014 and 2015 and has won numerous awards, was praised by Maya Angelou as “a story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style.” The book received a Sundance™ Feature Film Grant to be adapted into a movie, which is currently in development.

Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, visit go.rutgers.edu/nd4842au

The full schedule of free, public events is as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 1

The Africana Studies Program will kick off Black History Month 2018 with a presentation by Sandra Turner-Barnes titled “Critical, Little Known Truths, Regarding African Enslavement within the State of New Jersey,” at 12:45 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, located on the main level of the Campus Center. Turner-Barnes serves as executive director of the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

M.K. Asante, author of the critically acclaimed Buck: A Memoir, will present the Ida B. Wells-Barnett keynote lecture at 6 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, located on the main level of the Campus Center.

Sunday, Feb. 11

The Black Catholics and Cultural Diversity Ministry will host the “Tri-State Catholic Gospel Concert featuring Choirs from Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey” at 3 p.m. in the Walter K. Gordon Theater, located in the Fine Arts Complex. To reserve a seat, visit rudioceseconcert.eventbrite.com or contact James Andrews at (856) 583-2907 or Rev. Richard Owens at (215) 587-3541.

Monday, Feb. 12

The Africana Studies Program will host a screening and discussion of the film “Timbuktu” at 6 p.m. in the Viewing Room, located on the lower level of the Campus Center.

For directions to Rutgers–Camden, visit camden.rutgers.edu/visit.

February 2

Opening Reception: Black Pulp!

The public is invited to join the African American Museum in Philadelphia for the opening of our latest special exhibition, Black Pulp! This event is free with RSVP and will include wine and light fare.