Don't miss this week's Black History Month events in Maplewood!

Check out all this months events at


Between Ourselves: An Evening of Black Queer Readings
A celebration of works by Black Queer authors and community, and a remembrance of members of the Black trans community who have been subjected to violence. Moderated by Maria Charlene White, PhD, and dedicated to Victoria Carmen White, CHS alumna.
Thursday, February 6th 7pm – 8pm • Free Event
Maplewood Library, 51 Baker Street
Sponsored by: SOMA JUSTICE, NJ Pride and Maplewood Library.

Film Screening of Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story and Discussion with Anti-White Supremacy Activist Daryle Lamont Jenkens followed by a discussion with anti-white supremacy activist Daryle Lamot Jenkens.
Friday, February 7th 8pm • Free Event
Maplewood Town Hall, 574 Valley Street
Sponsored by: SOMA Justice with Special Thanks to SOMA FILM FESTIVAL

African American Artists Series - Explore the art of African-American Master Artists. Studio Saturday is open to children ages 5-12 and runs on the hour ‪11am - 2pm; the workshop fee is $20 or $15 per person for groups of 5+. Kid and family-friendly. For additional information or to register for any event please contact Express Yourself Studios ‪973-763-5256; or online, ‪
Saturday, February 8th 11am – 2pm (on the hour)‬ • Fees Apply
Express Yourself Studios, LLC • 1877 Springfield Ave.
Sponsored by: Express Yourself Studios, LLC

OSCAR PETERSON Artist Reception
Peterson has worked as a professional art director and designer/illustrator for various corporations and non-profits, and as a commissioned fine arts painter specializing in portraiture. An alumnus of Pratt Institute and the Art Students League, Peterson studied with many leading realist painters, including Nelson Shanks, Dave Passalacqua, and Costa Vavagiakis. Oscar Peterson’s approach to painting is to capture the grace and beauty of ordinary people.
Sunday, February 9th 2pm – 6pm • Free Event
1978 Arts Center • 1978 Springfield Ave.
Exhibit Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, January 20 - March 8 2pm - 5pm and by appointment
Sponsored by: 1978 Arts Center

Book Discussion: The New Jim Crow. Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - by Michelle Alexander a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Since The New Jim Crow was first published in 2010, it has spent nearly 250 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and has been cited in judicial decisions and adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads, and has inspired a generation of racial justice activists motivated by Alexander’s unforgettable argument that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” The book has won numerous awards, including the 2011 NAACP Image Award for best nonfiction.
Sunday, February 9th 2:30pm - 4pm • Free Event
Hilton Branch of the Library, 1688 Springfield Ave.
Sponsored by: Mayor Frank McGehee

The Strollers Present: How The World Got Wisdom
Children’s Theater for all ages! A Celebration of African Folklore.
Saturday & Sunday at 1 pm & 3 pm • Ticketed Event
Burgdorff Center for Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd.
Sponsored by: The Strollers

Maplewood Village Alliance & Springfield Avenue Partnership Walk of Heroes, featuring educational posters of African American Historical Figures on display in Maplewood’s Village and Springfield Avenue Storefronts.

A self-walking tour.
All Month • Free Event
Maplewood Village & Springfield Ave. Storefronts