Black History Celebration Opening – Newark Public Library

Black History Celebration Opening

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Doors open at 5:30, Snow date: February 5, 2020
Black History Celebration Opening

George D. Martin

The Library welcomes George D. Martin, Activist/Philanthropist and former Defensive End for the NY Giants as our opening celebration speaker. George serves as an Executive Board Member for the National Football League Youth Football initiative – focused on molding, teaching and instructing NFL coaches and players. George founded Young African-American Professionals (YAAP) a self-help networking group that supports personal and professional growth in young people. He is responsible for mentoring countless individuals and has had a profound influence on the lives of many.  The Black History Celebration Exhibit opens as well.

George was a co-founder and Chairman of Minority Athletes Networking, etc. (MAN) – a not for profit organization committed to cultivating inner city youth. For 18 years, MAN provided approximately 200 students with over $800,000 in scholarship monies. George also serves as an Executive Board Member for the National Football League Youth Football initiative – focused on molding, teaching and instructing NFL coaches, facilities and players. George formed an organization called Young African-American Professionals (YAAP) a self-help networking group supporting personally and professional growth and making a difference. He is responsible for mentoring countless individuals and has had a profound influence on the lives of many young people. George also serves as a board member of Hackensack University Medical Center, The East Orange Medical Center, Drug Abuse Resistance Education of New Jersey, The Giblin Foundation and The Harlem Junior Invitational Tennis Tournament. One day, George decided to walk across America, the country he loves and credits with giving him the opportunity to succeed, dedicating his Journey to the rescue and recovery workers after 9/11 attack on America, raising millions of dollars for their medical care. Just Around the Bend is the remarkable story of a man, a life and a special journey.

Exhibit: 

The Black Athlete in America  – Protest, Activism and Inclusion

February 4th through April 30th, 2020
Second Floor Gallery

The first Black athletes in America were enslaved men who were commanded to compete.  Some boxed, some ran foot races, others rolled logs and a few rode horses. Excelling in sport gave these athletes an elevated place in society, even in enslavement. Throughout history, the Black athlete’s abilities have afforded these talented few a protected status but almost always with conditions.  Many who’ve achieved this distinction have used their unique platforms to call attention to injustice, unfairness, oppression and discrimination. While being lauded for their strength and dexterity, they were often intimidated, threatened with violence or death when they veered outside of the arena to speak, voice an opinion, boycott or take a stand.
 The 2020 Black History Celebration exhibit and program series explore the role and status of the Black athlete as activist since the mid-19th century.

The exhibition is open during normal Library hours Monday through Saturday, with free admission. Group visits and more details are readily available from The James Brown African American Room which can be reached at 973.733.5411

Curator: Dale E. Colston, Esq., Librarian, James Brown African American Room, Newark Public Library

For information about all Black History Month programs see: https://npl.org/2020bhc/

Click here to view the flyer for the 2020 Black History Celebration

Click here to view the photos from the 2020 Black History Celebration.