We Found Our Way: Newark Portraits from the Great Migration
February 4 – April 9, 2016
Main Library, Second Floor Gallery
curated by Samantha J. Boardman, Ph.D.
The 2016 Black History Celebration Exhibit, We Found Our Way: Newark Portraits from the Great Migration, centers on the remarkable narratives of the Krueger-Scott African-American Oral History Collection. This collection, assembled in the late 1990s under the direction of Catherine J. Lenix-Hooker, captured the stories of Newark’s African-American citizens who migrated to the city between 1910-1970. Complementing the collection of narratives are striking photo portraits of interviewers and narrators by photographer Bill May, never-before-seen images from the Al Henderson portrait studio archive from the Newark Public Library’s Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, and select fine prints from the Library’s own world-class Special Collections that evoke the lives and times of these courageous history makers. These different modes of portraiture along with the digital audio collages composed from the interviews themselves, and short documentary videos based on stories from the collection produced as part of the Newest Americans project at Rutgers Center for Migration and the Global City make We Found Our Way a joyful and intimate celebration of Newark’s Great Migration legacy.
Also included are stunning works from the GlassBook Project: Provisions exhibition. This exhibit by GlassBook Project founder and artist Nick Kline, Artist-in-Residence Adrienne Wheeler, Endless Editions, Samantha J. Boardman and the Rutgers University-Newark Book Arts class, features artist books made of glass inspired by narratives from the Krueger-Scott collection.
BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, February 4, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
EXHIBITION: We Found Our Way: Newark Portraits from the Great Migration, 2nd Floor Gallery, curated by Samantha J. Boardman
Keynote Speaker: John Franklin, Senior Manager Office of External Affairs, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Smithsonian with Catherine J. Lenix-Hooker and Samantha J. Boardman. Vocal selections by Miche Braden. (Note: the parking lot at the Newark Museum will remain open for this program).
Saturday, February 6, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart will discuss “White Balance: Distortion of Black Images on Television.” Mr. Capehart, a Washington Posteditorial board member, PostPartisan blogger and MSNBC contributor, was born and raised in Newark and graduated from St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark. Prior to joining The Post in 2007, Mr. Capehart was the deputy editor of New York Daily News’s editorial page. He worked as a policy adviser to Michael Bloomberg in his successful campaign for mayor of New York City, he was a national affairs columnist for Bloomberg News from 2000 to 2001, and he was a member of the Daily News editorial board from 1993 to 2000. Jonathan Capehart and the Daily News editorial board won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for their series on the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Mr. Capehart earned a BA in political science from Carleton College in 1989. Hosted by Emmy award winning broadcast journalist Vanessa Tyler.
I AM ALI
Thursday, February 25, 6:00 – 8:00pm
James Brown African American Room
Documentary film screening of the life story of Muhammad Ali, based on Ali’s archive of “audio journals,” interviews, and testimonials from his family and friends.
Saturday, February 27, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Centennial Hall & Auditorium
A panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Hanaa A. Hamdi, Director, Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness, on the #BlackLivesMatter movement from the perspective of community activists and social service practitioners, addressing such topics as violence as a health crisis, the role of the media, the arts, incarceration and re-entry, poverty, education, environment and other pertinent areas. Panelists will outline the challenges and offer solutions in their respective areas that will serve as “action steps” for attendees. Community agencies and social service providers will also present their resources.
Oral Histories: Newark elders are invited to document their experiences in the city, which will be recorded by the Newark Chapter of the NAACP. Please call (973) 624-6400 to reserve a spot. Limited to 18.
#BlackLivesMatter-Newark is presented in collaboration with the City of Newark, Department of Health and Community Wellness and the NAACP-Newark Chapter.
WE LIFT UP YOUR VOICES
Saturday, March 12, 2:00 – 5:00pm
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION
The performance ensemble, Five Women, celebrates Newark’s renowned women singers in a tribute through verse and song to Tisha Campbell, Faith Evans, Connie Francis, Gloria Gaynor, Whitney & Cissy Houston, Queen Latifah, and Sarah Vaughan. The mission of Five Women is to promote the works of women poets, writers, playwrights, singers and songwriters.
OPEN UP THE DOOR, I’LL GET IT MYSELF
Tuesday, March 22, 6:00 – 8:00pm
“Open Up the Door, I’ll Get it Myself: Migration Stories of Newark’s African American Women” presented by Dr. Linda Caldwell-Epps, and spoken word poetry by Danielle Cooper. Hosted by Anasa Maat, Ed. D. Krista White, the Digital Humanities Librarian at Rutgers-Newark’s Dana Library, will demonstrate the Krueger-Scott Collection web portal.
THE LEGACY OF THE KRUEGER-SCOTT AFRICAN-AMERICAN ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION
Tuesday, April 5, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Screenings of A Place of Entry and We Came and Stayed, short documentaries inspired by the narratives of the Krueger-Scott Collection. Tim Raphael, Executive Producer of Newest Americans and Director of the Rutgers Center for Migration and the Global City, will host a discussion with filmmakers, photojournalists, artists, students, and other collaborators who have worked to bring the Krueger-Scott collection narratives to a new generation of Newarkers. Presented in collaboration with the Center for Migration and the Global City, Rutgers-Newark.
Our NewArk: POETRY & JAZZ
Saturday, April 9, 2:00 – 5:00pm
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH CELEBRATION
The Breathing Poets Society, Breya “Blkbrry Molassez” Knight, Founder/Host. Several of Newark’s outstanding young poets ‘spit’ their poems and rhymes accompanied by the Arts High School Jazz Band.