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Volume 11 Number 1, Winter 2000

In This Issue:

The Year of the Branch

The Director’s Journal

Library fundraisers

Forthcoming exhibitions

Treasures of the Library

Library Celebrates African-American History Month

African-American History Month Celebration Calendar

Library holds awards ceremony

Have a reference question?

Grants support valuable services and programs

Friends grants top $14,000

Friends install new officers

Friends set dates for Book Sale; need volunteers

Library Celebrates African-American History Month

African-American Firsts: Lest We Forget, an exhibition curated by Mary Teasley and Deloris Walker-Moses.
Second-Floor Gallery
Through March 4


13 Martin Luther King, Jr., Annual Lecture presented by Rev. Dr. William D. Watley, Senior Pastor of St. James AME Church of Newark.
Centennial Hall; 6:30pm

Rev. Dr. William D. Watley

22 Hooray for Children program: Sharon McGruder, from the McCarter Theatre, shares the richness of the African-American culture through songs, dance, tales, myths, and stories in “Raps, Rhymes and Reasons.”
Centennial Hall; 2pm


2 Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society remembers the Civil Rights Movement with special guest speaker Catherine Peppers.
Centennial Hall; 6:30pm

3 Opening Reception for African-American History Month programming and exhibition. Keynote address by Viola H. Sanders.
Centennial Hall; 6:30pm

5 Wincey Terry and Troupe in a family program entitled “African Discovery Through Music.”
Centennial Hall; 2pm

8 Black America on Stage: The African Globe TheatreWorks presents August Wilson’s Fences.
Centennial Hall; 6pm

Cast members from August Wilson's Fences

10 An extraordinary lecture on James Brown, the celebrated librarian and community leader, presented by Amiri Baraka.
Centennial Hall; 6pm

James Brown, celebrated librarian and community leader

15 Black America on Stage: An encore performance of August Wilson’s Fences by The African Globe TheatreWorks. Centennial Hall; 6pm

17 The male chorus of First Timothy Baptist Church of Newark presents a lively evening of inspirational music.
Centennial Hall; 6:30pm

19 Celebrate the music of Black composers with soprano Jacquie Myers in concert.
Centennial Hall; 2pm

Soprano Jacquie Myers

22 Black America on Stage: The Black Spectrum Youth Theatre presents two performances of The Mystery of Phillis Wheatley.
Centennial Hall; 1:30pm and 6pm

26 Hooray for Children series presents Julie Pasqual in “African and Afro- American Folktales.”
Centennial Hall; 2pm

Julie Pasqual

29 The Arts High School Drama Club presents excerpts from “The Black Museum.”
Centennial Hall; 6:30pm

Programs are free and open to the public; for more information, call the James Brown African-American Room at 733-5411 or the Program Hotline at 733-5643, or access the Library’s Home Page at

Funding for these programs was provided in part by a Community Development Block Grant/HUD, administered by the City of Newark.

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