2021 Black History Celebration at The Newark Public Library - Newark Public Library

2021 Black History Celebration at The Newark Public Library

2021 Black History Celebration at The Newark Public Library
“The Art and Beauty of Black Power! A Century of Cinema, Dance and Music”
OPENING
Lonnie G. Bunch III, 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and Salamishah Tillet, Associate Director of the Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience and author of In Search of the Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece, will discuss the importance of sharing 19th and early 20th-century Black history and culture with the public in museums and in popular culture.
Sat., February 6, 2021, 11:00am
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THE MUSIC OF BLACK POWER

Saturday, February 13, 2021, 2:00pm

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Part party, part conversation and teach-in and part ritual, The Music of Black Power journeys from Spirituals to Blues to Hip Hop and House. African American music has transmitted both the power and the stories of African American stories of liberation, joy and struggle. The Music of Black Power will feature a visual and sonic journey of African American musicians and culture. Join DJ Shell Spin, dancer Peace, curator and researcher Noelle Lorraine Williams and Reggie Blanding, Librarian of the James Brown African American Room for a multimedia discussion

BLACK DANCE, HISTORY AND REBELLION

Saturday, February 20, 2021, 2:00PM

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Join Savion Glover, Tap dancer, Actor, and Choreographer and Wayne Winborne, Executive Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, in a conversation about Glover’s family’s history in Newark and a lifelong career of innovatively merging Black history and culture with a form of tap dancing that has shaken the world. Newark born Savion Glover stunned audiences with his choreography of the 1995 Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk,  a musical revue telling the story, through tap, of Black history from slavery to the present. Glover has been teaching tap since he was 14 years old. He created Real Tap Skills, and started HooFeRz Club School for Tap in Newark, New Jersey.

FLAMING? GENDER ROLES, POP CULTURE AND SACRED MUSIC IN THE BLACK CHURCH

Saturday, February 27, 2021, 2:00pm

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Join Alisha Lola Jones, Ph.D., author of Flaming? The Peculiar Theopolitics of Fire and Desire in the Black Male Gospel Performance, in a panel discussion about gender roles, popular culture and sacred music of the Black Church. The Indiana University professor will be joined by Rev. A. Craig Dunn, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Madison, NJ and Rev. Elder Kevin E. Taylor, Senior Pastor of Unity Fellowship Church in Newark. The talk will examine the impact and significance of church leadership, music, membership and how the LGBTQIA Movement has shaped the Black Church.

FREE BLACK COMMUNITIES, THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD AND SLAVERY: TELLING AND RESEARCHING THE STORIES

March 6, 2021 at 1:00PM.

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Who are the folks bringing the lives of New Jersey’s freedom seekers to the light? Join us for a conversation and slide show of community workers and local historians working to illuminate the lives and activism of African Americans in NJ in the 1800s. Panelists include Kristal Langford, The Lost Souls Memorial Project; Linda Shockley, president, The Lawnside Historical Society owners of the Peter Mott House Underground Railroad Museum; Christopher Matthews, Montclair State University and historian, Dr. James Amemasor.