Maplewood Celebrates Black History Month


Black History Month
Making Opera Soup with Lori Mirabel
Saturday, January 27          2:00 pm at Main Library
Making Opera Soup is an interactive introduction to the ingredients required to make an opera happen. Presented by opera singer Lori Brown Mirabal, author of the book From Soul Singing to Opera Soup. Lori will sing, read, and get kids excited about opera.  Copies of the book will be available for sale. For families and children ages 5 and up.
Kids Speak Out
Saturday, February 3 or 17 (possible dates) 1:30-2:30 pm at Main Library
Join us as we celebrate the work of students in our local elementary schools as they speak out about Black History Month. Refreshments will be served as students show off their artwork and read their poetry.
Art & Music Reception
Saturday, February 10        3:00 pm at Main Library     
A reception to celebrate our Black History Month exhibit, photography by Patrick Hilaire.
Live music will be provided by the performing arts group Ahmondylla Best & Wogbledoe. Ahmondylla Best’s music draws on global ritual, Native American, African as well as a personal and inherited American experience. She is a visual artist and musician, author and composer, storyteller, performer, choreographer, filmmaker, director, and educator.
NAACP Black History Month Screening: Egypt Uncovered
Saturday, February 24        10:00 am at Main Library
Recent technological advances illuminates one of history’s most fascinating African cultures. Egypt Uncovered reveals newly discovered monuments to fallen kings and structures connected to the great pyramids, providing information about one of Africa’s greatest civilizations and documenting the black-African foundation of this civilization.
Telling the Story of Harlan Joseph
NJ Council for the Humanities Public Scholar Lecture Series
Monday, February 26          7:00 pm at Main Library     
In the days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., violence erupted across the US. The details of how those nights of violence played out in Trenton—the lootings, fires and arrests—are the subject of Purcell Carson’s forthcoming documentary, which focuses on the story of one African-American teenager, Harlan Joseph, who was accidentally shot and killed by a Trenton police officer. This talk offers a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the documentary film – a film that traces the details of Joseph’s life and death – and an opportunity to discuss the way the past still resonates today.
Purcell Carson is a documentary filmmaker and lecturer in Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. This program is made possible through the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
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