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Posted on: January 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Month-Long Black History Month Celebration

Graphical Image to Spotlight the 2020 Black History Month Long Celebration.

We are proud to present our 4th Annual Black History Month Celebration, featuring a month-long lineup of programs. The celebration kicks off with an art exhibit and will end with a free movie screening of the 2019 film, Harriet Tubman.

2020 Black History Month lineup is as follows:

•    Black Excellence Art Exhibit

Fri, Feb 7th at Vauxhall Meeting Center from 6pm to 9pm

Various local Black artists will exhibit their artwork. Refreshments will be served. Free admission.

•    Black History, Oral History, and Your Family's Story

Wed, Feb. 12th at Vauxhall Branch Library from 6pm to 7:30pm

Presented by Dr. Katie Singer, History faculty at Rutgers University-Newark. There will be a brief introduction to the field of oral history, followed by examples from some local oral history collections and a short workshop for participants who are interested in recording their own family's oral histories. Registration required, call 908.851.5451. 

•    Newark Swings: History of Jazz in New Jersey

Sat, Feb. 22th at Main Library Branch from 2pm to 4pm

Presented by Barbara Kukla with live music by Carrie Jackson. Learn about New Jersey’s rich jazz scene over the years and see how Jackon’s repertoire focuses on tunes that are part of the American Songbook, accenting the music of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and other popular singers. Registration required, call 908-851-5450 ext.3.

•    Free Movie Screening of Harriet Tubman (2019)

Sat, Feb 29th at Jefferson School from 2pm to 5pm

Film is about the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Doors open at 1:30pm. Program begins at 2pm, followed by the movie screening at 2:30pm. After the movie, Dr. Margot Banks, Professor of English at Kean University, will provide commentary on the film.   

Admission is free, but a ticket is required! Seating is first-come, first-served.

    Tickets for the free movie screening of Harriet Tubman are available for pick up at the Administration Office in Town Hall, 1976 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083. Each Union residents can pick up two tickets. Proof of residency is required.  

    For more details on any of the Black History Month programs, visit or call 908.851.5096. 

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