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Exhibition

The Creativity and Imagination of African American Women Writers in New Jersey

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This year’s Black History Month exhibition is entitled The Creativity and Imagination of African American Women Writers in New Jersey. Its inspiration is the national and state award-winning book, African American Women Writers in New Jersey, 1836-2000: A Biographical Dictionary and Bibliographic Guide (Rutgers University Press), by Sibyl E. Moses, Ph.D.

This is the first book to identify and bring together, in one place, information about the lives, intellectual contributions, and publications of more than 100 African American women writers in the Garden State from the antebellum period to the present. The exhibit is the first of its kind in New Jersey.

The guest curator is Sibyl E. Moses, a native Newarker, a product of the Newark Public School system, and a graduate of Weequahic High School. Dr. Moses is currently the Reference Specialist in African American History and Culture at The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

For more information about the exhibition please call the James Brown African American Room at 973-733-5411. To see a copy of the exhibition brochure, click here.

Exhibition Dates

Dates January 22 to March 3, 2007
Time: During library hours
Location: Second Floor Gallery
Main Library
5 Washington Street

Programs
Some Things Better Left Unsaid

Thursday, January 25, 2007
6:00 pm
Auditorium

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Newarker T.D. Faison, author of Some Things Better Left Unsaid, will discuss his work, followed by a book signing.


They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America

Thursday, February 1, 2007
6:00 pm
Centennial Hall

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A tribute to Dr. Ivan Van Sertima with speaker Dr. Leonard Jeffries; the master of ceremonies will be Dr. Clement Alexander Price. The cornerstone of Dr. Van Sertima’s legacy is his book, They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America, for which he received the Clarence L. Holte Literary Prize for "works of excellence in literature and humanities."


Changes

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
6:00 pm
Auditorium

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A book signing with Newarker Shirley Stewart. Her novel, Changes, deals with a couple trapped in a loveless, 14-year marriage of convenience.


The Amen Corner

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
6:30 pm
Centennial Hall

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The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society presents a staged reading of The Amen Corner by James Baldwin, featuring Pearl Hale and Company.


No Bandanas for Me

Thursday, February 8, 2007
10:00 am
Centennial Hall

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A book signing with Ralph Burgess, author of Cool Calvin's No Bandanas for Me: Staying Gang Free, which deals with why children should avoid joining gangs and the danger they bring. He will also highlight the steps involved in publishing a book.


My Lover, My Friend

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This program will be rescheduled for a later date

Centennial Hall

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Romance novelist Shirley T. Hailstock will be reading from and discussing her work, followed by a book signing.


Neighborhood

Thursday, February 15, 2007
10:00 am
Centennial Hall

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The musical Winceyco Production entitled Neighborhood involves a woman who takes a look at how much she surprisingly has in common with people of various cultures.


The Art of Fine Art Collecting

Thursday, February 22, 2007
6:00 pm
Centennial Hall

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George R. N’Namdi, with galleries in New York, Detroit and Chicago, will present The Art of Fine Art Collecting, a slide show with an emphasis on African American women artists.


Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul

Tuesday, February 27, 2007
6:00 pm
Centennial Hall

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A book signing with Sonya Simpson and other authors of Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul, a collection of inspiring stories that take readers on an intimate journey filled with defi ning moments of belief, loyalty, strength and conviction of the black woman.


At the Branches

Visit your local branch library's Web page for more information about their special programs for Black History Month.


All programs are free and open to the general public.
For more information, please call 973-424-1831 or 973-733-5411.

In case of inclement weather, please call 973-733-7784 to determine whether the Library is open.

 

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