Thu, Feb 6, 2014

Arts, Community, Culture, Entertainment

Africa, Oh Africa A Celebration of the African Diaspora Dedicated to the Life and Memory of Nelson Mandela Opening Reception starts TODAY

BY lyanne

Opening Reception



Thursday, February 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm Junius Williams  ImageProxy-1

Centennial Hall

What Happened to Mother Africa? Reclaiming Our African Roots
Keynote Speaker Junius Williams, Esq., Director, Abbott Leadership Institute, Rutgers-Newark. Williams’s new book Unfinished Agenda, Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power, will be available for purchase. Performance by Seventh Principle Dance and Drum Ensemble.




Saturday, February 8, 12:00 – 4:00pmMcBride

Hidden Colors, Parts I and II ImageProxy-3

Documentary Screening and Discussion host/moderator Ali McBride, African Echoes. A two-part documentary about the real and untold history of people of color around the globe. The films explore some of the reasons the contributions of African and aboriginal people have been left out of the pages of history. Copies available for purchase.








Nelson     ImageProxy-4

Thursday, February 13, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Centennial Hall
Panel Discussion: The Black Jews of Newark
Joshua Nelson, Host/Moderator
Elder Simon Quattlebaum, Newark’s Church of God and Saints




Saturday, February 15, 2:00pm
Centennial Hall
Afro-Brazilian Dance Performance & Talk: Capoeira, Maculêlê and Samba with the Afro Brazilian Center of New Jersey







ImageProxy-7 ImageProxy-6Thursday, February 20, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Centennial Hall

Panel Discussion: African Influences in Cuba: Firsthand Accounts from Newarkers Who Went There
Host/Moderator: Ben F. Jones
Panelists: Ali McBride, Maisha Amen, Ph.D. with a slide presentation by panelist Mansa K. Mussa





Saturday, February 22, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Auditorium   ImageProxy-8

Folktale Fun presented by TAHIRA
An interactive program of African/African-American folktales told by storyteller, poet, vocalist, and percusTahirasionist TAHIRA

Saturday, February 22, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Weequahic Branch Library
355 Osborne Terrace

Folktale Fun presented by TAHIRA
An interactive program of African/African-American folktales told by storyteller, poet, vocalist, and percussionist TAHIRA



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Thursday, February 27, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Centennial Hall
Africa: What We Don’t Know About the Motherland
Baraka Sele, Host/Moderator
Panel Discussion: Leonard Jeffries, Ph.D., President, World African Diaspora Union; La Francis Rogers-Rose, Ph.D., Director, International Black Women’s Congress
Call to the Ancestors with C. Katunge Mimy and Faluso Mimy


Wednesday, March 5, 6:30pm

Centennial Hall

The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society celebrates Women’s History Month with a book discussion of Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose with special guest, Claudette Colvin.


Defining Moments:  ImageProxy-11

An exhibition of works by Bryan Collier
January 27 – April 5, 2014
Main Library, Second Floor Gallery

Mr. Collier wrote and illustrated the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book Uptown. He received Caldecott Honors for the books Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, also a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; and Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, which received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Watercolors and collage illustrations from these and other books will be on display in this exhibit organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.


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