Library Celebrates African-American History Month
Press Release 1/11/00
The Newark Public Library will hold an Opening Reception on February 3 to open the exhibition, African-American Firsts: Lest We Forget. The reception formally inaugurates the library’s celebration of African-American History Month. Keynote speaker for the evening will be Viola H. Sanders, president of Vii's Services, Inc., whose mission is to share historical truths about the heritage of Black people. Ms. Sanders is also the curator of six exhibitions and publishes an annual Historic Black Heritage Calendar.
The library’s Mary Teasley and Deloris Walker-Moses curated the exhibition, which will be installed on the second-floor gallery of the main library from January 15 through March 4. It will represent some of the most significant firsts achieved by African Americans, focusing on those in New Jersey. With about 3,000 documented Black firsts, those individuals and historical sites selected for inclusion in this exhibition were from major documented sources. It is hoped that all who patronize this exhibition will become more enlightened by the numerous achievements of African-American firsts, and a greater sense of pride will be developed by all African Americans, especially the youth.
In addition to the exhibition, the celebration consists of fourteen free cultural programs to be held at the main library, 5 Washington Street. The schedule includes a salute to Black America on Stage, as well as distinctive Hooray for Children and F.E.W. Harper Literary Society programs.
Funding for this festive celebration has been provided by a Community Development Block Grant/HUD, administered by the City of Newark, and by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.
Following is the complete schedule of free programs. To hear a listing of the current week’s programs, call the Program Hotline recording at 733-5643; check the Library’s home page (www.npl.org) for a monthly listing of programs by clicking-on Programs & Exhibits, then selecting Bulletin Board. For additional information, or possible schedule changes, call Mary Teasley at 733-7735 or the James Brown African-American Room at 733-5411.
African-American Firsts: Lest We Forget, an exhibition curated by Mary
Teasley and Deloris Walker-Moses.
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13 Martin Luther King, Jr., Annual Lecture presented by Rev. Dr. William D.
Watley, Senior Pastor of St. James AME Church of Newark.
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