MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Hilton Neighborhood Association held its annual Black History Month reading at the DeHart Community Center on Feb. 21. Maplewood residents were invited to read poetry written by African-Americans. Members of the public took turns reading work aloud, discussing the writers and learning about the history of the poetry.
Featured poets included: Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, Naomi Long Madgett, Allison Joseph, Marilyn Nelson, Countee Cullen, Waring Cuney, Elizabeth Alexander, DJ Renegade, Robert Hayden, Mari Evans, Kwame Alexander, Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou.
Photos by Amanda Valentovic