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Newark Public Library announces February programs, including special F.E.W. Harper program
Press Release 1/21/99

The Newark Public Library is planning a special February program for its Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society series. Mr. Gil Noble, producer/host of ABC-TV's "Like It Is," will be the guest speaker for the program which remembers Dr. John Henrik Clarke (1915-1998). The program will be held on February 3, in the main library's Centennial Hall, beginning 6:30pm

Following are the other February programs, all to be held at the main library, 5 Washington Street:

African-American Inventors and Innovators: Historical and Contemporary Contributions, an exhibition curated by Mary Teasley. Second-Floor Gallery, through March 20

3 Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society remembers Dr. John Henrik Clarke (1915-1998). Mr. Gil Noble, producer/host of ABC-TV's "Like It Is," will be the guest speaker. Centennial Hall; 6:30pm

4 Opening Reception for African-American History Month programming and exhibition. Keynote address by Dr. Winifred Latimer Norman, granddaughter of Lewis Latimer who was a member of Thomas Edison's team and invented the carbon light bulb filament. Centennial Hall; 6pm

11 Black America on Stage: A Phoenix Ensemble production of John Brown: Trumpet of Freedom, a marvelous portrayal of this perplexing American legend. Auditorium; 6:30pm

13 Wincey Terry and Troupe in a family program entitled "African Discovery Through Music." Centennial Hall; 2pm

20 Black America on Stage: the African Globe TheatreWorks presents Lorainne Hansberry's Raisin in the Sun. Centennial Hall; 2pm

20 Hooray for Children program: Jasper and Henry, the Blues Duo, take the audience on a fascinating excursion through history as they perform traditional African-American rhythms, songs, and folklore. Auditorium; 2pm

22 As part of "Kids' Time at the Theater" for Black America on Stage, the Phoenix Ensemble presents KEEP BANGIN', a new stage performance of the famed percussionists from the Broadway hit Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk. Centennial Hall; 10am

23 An evening with Professor Mwatabu Okantah, internationally known poet and instructor in Pan-African Studies at Kent State University. Centennial Hall; 6pm

25 An illuminating discussion by William L. Katz, author of Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage, followed by traditional dance and music presented by Ken Littlehawk, a Black Indian. Program is co-sponsored with NJPAC. Centennial Hall; 6pm

27 A program from the Sensational Poets at Centennial Hall series, featuring Dorothy Alexander, plus David Messineo's special performance of "Wild One," a six-minute reconstruction of the 1962 Motortown Revue. Centennial Hall; 11am

27 Black America on Stage: A Phoenix Ensemble production of Blood Knot, a modern portrait of Brotherhood, set in apartheid South Africa. Auditorium; 2pm

Programs are free and open to the public. 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. Funding for the programs was provided by a Community Development Block Grant/HUD, administered by the City of Newark; the Krueger-Scott Mansion Cultural Center; and a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Block Grant, administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

 

 
         
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