Historical Society of Bloomfield and town honor Black History Month

Historical Society of Bloomfield and town honor Black History Month

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — In honor of Black History Month, at the Feb. 22 Bloomfield Council meeting, the mayor and council honored community residents who have given back to the greater Bloomfield community. These recognitions were held in conjunction with the Historical Society of Bloomfield.  Councilman Nick Joanow read a Black History Month Service Recognition proclamation […]

ECPO, NOBLE hold 10th annual Black History Month Program

ECPO, NOBLE hold 10th annual Black History Month Program

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Feb. 24, Essex County prosecutors held their 10th annual Black History Month Program via Zoom. As in past years, the 2021 program was co-sponsored by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers.  Anthony Johnson, a veteran journalist from WABC–TV in New York, served as keynote speaker. Joining Johnson and […]

Essex County commissioners celebrate African American Heritage Month

Essex County commissioners celebrate African American Heritage Month

NEWARK, NJ — On Feb. 17, the Essex County Board of County Commissioners virtually held its 2021 African American Heritage Month celebration via Zoom. The ceremony commemorated the heritage, culture, resilience and spirit of the African American community, and acknowledged the contributions of Essex County’s African American residents.  Commissioner President Wayne Richardson began the program […]

Hazel students ‘Feel the Beat’ at annual celebration

Hazel students ‘Feel the Beat’ at annual celebration

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hazel Elementary School held its sixth annual “Feel the Beat” program, much to the delight of students, staff and parents, who came out in force to celebrate Black History Month and enjoy an evening of music, dance and spoken word. Fatou Mbaye-Halsey, Mten Halsey, Principal Ana Marti, Porl Gordon, Phyllis Seibert, […]

TSTI hosts black/Jewish solidarity event in honor of Black History Month

TSTI hosts black/Jewish solidarity event in honor of Black History Month

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Gallery at TSTI, the art gallery at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, was the site of a communitywide event, “Black/Jewish Solidarity: Building Together” on Sunday, Feb. 23. The program was coordinated by the synagogue’s social justice task force in partnership with SOMA Justice and the Community Coalition on Race. […]

Roach couple decorates library for BHM

Roach couple decorates library for BHM

WEST ORANGE, NJ — During Black History Month, the West Orange Public Library was decorated by West Orange African Heritage Organization members Michael Roach and Yvonne Nambe Roach. This was their second year decorating the library for Black History Month. Their decorations represented African art and African-American art, and provided information to library visitors. Photos […]

WOHS delegation attends Pan Africanism lecture with Newark mayor

WOHS delegation attends Pan Africanism lecture with Newark mayor

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Student representatives from the West Orange High School Unity Club, Student Council and African American Heritage Club attended the ninth annual Garvey/Nkrumah Lecture Series on Feb. 19, featuring Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. West Orange resident Akil Khalfani, director of the Africana Institute and associate professor of sociology at Essex County College, […]

St. Cloud students help bring black history to life

St. Cloud students help bring black history to life

WEST ORANGE, NJ — When Avery John gets to her classroom at St. Cloud Elementary School, kindergarten teacher Tiffany China hears the rest of the students asking, “Who is she wearing?” Avery isn’t walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards wearing a piece by an acclaimed fashion designer. She’s wearing a T-shirt with the […]

Mt. Pleasant, Kelly students hear first-hand account of civil rights movement

Mt. Pleasant, Kelly students hear first-hand account of civil rights movement

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Fifth-grade students at Mt. Pleasant and Kelly elementary schools heard the experiences of Anthony Lyons, a long-time West Orange resident who experienced the civil rights movement first-hand in the 1960s. Lyons’ Feb. 18 visit to Mt. Pleasant capped off an educational day for the students, who first visited the MAYO Performing […]

Faces of Black History Tour visits RMS

Faces of Black History Tour visits RMS

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 17th annual McDonald’s Salutes Faces of Black History Tour made an appearance at Roosevelt Middle School on Feb. 18. The tour is a free performance, month-long tour consisting of a talented five-member cast that travels to local schools to teach children about the influential figures of black history through music.  […]

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