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Africa, Oh Africa
A Celebration of the African Diaspora

Dedicated to the Life and Memory of Nelson Mandela

The Newark Public Library will present its annual Black History Celebration with a series of programs recognizing the African Diaspora. The celebration is dedicated to the memory of the late Nelson Mandela and will include African music and dance, panel discussions, films and a children's program.

Funding for the Library's Black History celebration activities and exhibits has been provided by a generous grant from the PNC Foundation.

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Defining Moments: An exhibition of works by Bryan Collier

January 27 – April 5, 2014
Main Library, Second Floor Gallery

Defining Moments: An exhibition of works by Bryan Collier will be on view from January 27 through April 5, 2014. 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, which was 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 on the second floor gallery of the Main Library. The exhibit is on loan from the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature.

Opening Reception

Thursday, February 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Centennial Hall


What Happened to Mother Africa? Reclaiming Our African Roots
Keynote Speaker Junius Williams, Esq., Director, Abbott Leadership Institute, Rutgers–Newark. Williams' 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.


Hidden Colors

Saturday, February 8, 12:00 – 4:00pm

Hidden Colors, Parts I and II
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.

Thursday, 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, PhD with a Slide Presentation by Panelist Mansa K. Mussa


Saturday, February 22, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Folktale Fun Presented by TAHIRA
An interactive program of African/African–American folktales told by storyteller, poet, vocalist, and percussionist TAHIRA.

Saturday, February 22, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Weequahic Branch Library
355 Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112

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


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

Saturday, March 1, 2:00pm
Centennial Hall
Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society presents Celebrating Black History Month: The Constitution and You.
Speaker, Gloria J. Browne–Marshall, an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College. She is Founder/Director of The Law and Policy Group, Inc., a nonprofit which publishes The Report on the Status of Black Women and Girls, the only ongoing national report on the state of Black females in America.

Wednesday, March 5, 6:30pm POSTPONED
The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society celebrates Women's History with a book discussion of Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose.


Thursday, March 6, 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, March 8, 2:00pm
Centennial Hall

Afro–Brazilian Dance Performance & Talk: Capoeira, Maculêlê and Samba with the Afro Brazilian Center of New Jersey

All programs are at the Main Library, 5 Washington Street, unless otherwise specified. To RSVP for any program or for more information, please call 973–733–7793. To check whether the Library is open in the case of inclement weather, call 973–733–7800.

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