The Newark Public Library
celebrates Black History Month;
Hugh B. Price to present keynote address
The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced its schedule of programs for its Black History Month celebration that includes events at the Main Library as well as at selected branches and an exhibition at the Main Library. All programs are free and open to the public.
The library inaugurates its programming for Black History Month with a reception, beginning at 6:00pm, on Tuesday, January 31, featuring a keynote address by Hugh Price, the former president and CEO of the National Urban League. A graduate of Yale Law School, he has served as a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, as senior vice president of WNET/Channel Thirteen, and vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation. Effective February 1, Mr. Price is joining the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., as a Senior Fellow.
Price is the author of two booksAchievement Matters: Getting Your Child The Best Education Possible, published by Kensington Books, and Destination: The American Dream, a compilation of his speeches and position papers published by the National Urban League. The League has also published collections of his “To Be Equal” columns.
His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and journals, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Phi Delta Kappan, Washingtonian, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Education Week, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Review of Black Political Economy. While at the League, he distributed a weekly radio commentary and wrote a weekly column, entitled "To Be Equal," for African-American newspapers across the country.
Over the years, he has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including "Meet the Press," "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer," "The Charlie Rose Show," "The O’Reilly Factor," "Hannity & Colmes," "Crossfire," "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren," "CBS Evening News," "Lead Story," "BET Tonight," "The Montel Williams Show," and "The Tom Joyner Morning Show."
Price currently serves on the boards of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Verizon, Mayo Clinic Foundation, the Committee for Economic Development, and the Jacob Burns Film Center. He was formerly on the boards of Sears Roebuck, the Educational Testing Service, and the Urban Institute.
An exceptional exhibition for the library’s Black History Month celebration will be on view on the second- and third-floor galleries from February 6 through April 1. Entitled Small Towns, Black Lives, African-American Communities in Southern New Jersey, it is the work of photographer Wendel A. White. Born in Newark, he is Professor of Art at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. During 2003, White was appointed as a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to support his photography of black communities in rural/small town settings. According to the artist, Small Towns, Black Lives is not an historical resource, it is a visual journal of discovery, memory and recognition. The exhibit is on loan from the Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, N.J.
"Professor Wendel White’s extraordinary photographic documentation of the small hamlets, settlements and towns that enrich and complicate the social and cultural terrain of southern New Jersey will inspire all good citizens of the Garden State," said Dr. Clement Alexander Price, the Board of Governors’ Distinguished Service Professor of History and Director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University, Newark Campus, and a senior Newark Public Library trustee. "His wonderful exhibition takes us back to a poignant era when American blacks, and indeed other Americans, sought to experience the American dream on their terms."
White began this photographic project in 1989, when he walked around Whitesboro, N.J., took a few photos, talked with Rev. George Thompson of the First Baptist Church and established contacts. Then he began making portraits inside homes and businesses.
"The process established in Whitesboro has remained with me for more than a decade," noted White. "The photographs are made in communities that have no direct connection to my personal history, but they are representations of a connection and context."
The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours (Monday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00am to 5:30pm; Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00am to 8:30pm). For more information on Small Towns, Black Lives visit www.npl.org or call (973) 424-1831.
Following is the list of programs for The Newark Public Library’s celebration of Black History Month. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please call (973) 424-1831 or (973) 733-5411, or visit www.npl.org. In case of inclement weather, please call (973) 733-7784 to determine whether the library is open.
Black History Month Celebration 2006
Saturday, February 4
Tuesday, February 7
Wednesday, February 8
Wednesday, February 15
Toni Staton Harris, author of Nothing Special . . .
Just Friends?, holds a book signing.
Thursday, February 16
Viola Sanders presents an informative and entertaining program,
entitled “African-American Inventors and Inventions.”
Saturday, February 18
Wednesday, February 22
Friday, February 24
©2006 The Newark Public Library