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Volume 12 Number 1, Winter 2001
In This Issue:

Planning begins for "new" Main Library

Three Trustees Administered Oath of Office

The Director’s Journal

Portuguese Exhibit Reception

Save the Date

IDT Reading Rewards

Treasures of the Library

Library celebrates African-American History Month

African-American History Month Celebration

The Weequahic Branch Library

Library Hours


Adverse to verse?

News You Can Use

Art of Writing Honorees

New Jersey Hispanic Research & Information Center

Friends award six grants

Friends to hold Tenth Book Sale; seek volunteers


Library celebrates African-American History Month

The Newark Public Library held a reception on February 1, opening the exhibition, Motion, Spirit, Power: African-American Influences in the World of Dance. The event inaugurated formally the Library’s commencement of African-American History Month. Included in the total celebration will be Black dance videos, lectures, live performances, a salute to Black America on Stage, and special Hooray for Children and F.E.W. Harper Literary Society programming.

Break-dancing: a popular urban example depicted in the exhibition.

Staff members Mary D. Teasley and Deloris Walker-Moses curated the exhibition. It examines Black dance from its cultural initiation in the 17th century by African plantation slaves to its expansion, influence and sweeping appeal in the world of dance today. It comprises text, literature, and photos, as well as graphics and other objects. Large posters of some of the most important dancers, choreographers, dance types and styles decorate the gallery walls. Historical and contemporary information on the contributions and influence of African-American dance in the Americas, Caribbean and beyond fill numerous exhibition cases. The exhibition will remain on view on the second-floor gallery until March 24.

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