9 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in NJ

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February is Black History Month, and one takeaway from the past few years is we can always do more to learn about people’s cultures, experiences, and struggles. And taking part in Black History Month—whether it’s listening to a virtual storytime about a Black artist enslaved during the Civil War, watching performances that celebrate Black composers, or going out to support Black-owned businesses and artisans—is a way to do that. Scroll down to find one or a few ways to celebrate with your family all through February. (featured photo credit: Express Yourself Studios, LLC)

Here Are 9 Ways To Celebrate Black History Month In NJ

(Note: Since COVID-19 rules and regulations are continually changing, it’s best to check ahead for in-person events)

Arts Institute of Middlesex County’s Black History Month
Wednesdays in February at 4:30 PM
Grab your littles for a virtual afternoon storytime and DIY craft celebrating Black authors. Stories include Dave The Potter about an enslaved artisan, The Sweet and Sour Animal Book, Why Mosquitos Buzz In People’s Ears, and Dancing In The Wings.
Virtual

Discover Greatness: An Illustration History of Negro Leagues Baseball
February 2-May 1
Got kids who love baseball? Make sure to see this traveling exhibit from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, “Discover Greatness.” The event features close to 90 framed photographs showcasing the history of African American baseball from the late 1800s to the 1960s.
East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854

African American Cultural Committee’s Black History Month Fashion Show
February 8 at 6 PM
Join Rowan College at Burlington County’s celebration of Black History Month with a history-meets-fashion combination. The show will collaborate with the Atlantic City Fashion Week. 
Mount Laurel Campus, Student Success Center, 900 College Circle, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
(856) 222-9311

Black History Month Pop Up
February 12 at 11 AM
Support local Black-owned businesses at this maker and artisan pop-up market. Shop from vendor stalls, discover new businesses in the area, and then grab something to eat with the fam.
Pop Up Next Door, 1169 Elizabeth Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07201 

Maplewood Arts & Culture’s Black History Month 2022
February 13 and 22
Get out and about by heading to Maplewood anytime this month in honor or Black history. Watch the Harlem Chamber Players present A Black History Month Concert At Woodland on February 13, or make sure to check out Jubilee! A Celebration of Black Composers on February 22, performed by the Columbia High School Virtuosi and Haraambee Chamber Orchestra.
Maplewood, NJ

Ocean County Library’s Black History Month Events
Various dates and times in February
All month long, kids can celebrate Black History Month with various events. Take a Black History Month Trivia Challenge virtually, try a Black History Month Make & Take Craft at the Brick Branch, or Blind Date a Book at the Jackson Branch where teens pick up a wrapped book and unwrap it at home to discover which one they got. Learn about the first black astronaut, Mae Carol Jemison, at the Stafford Branch or participate in a Black History Month Family Book discussion at the Manchester Branch.
Various locations in Ocean County

Montclair Art Museum Public Tour: African American History Month
February 19 at 11 AM
In honor of African American History Month, this tour will explore the experiences of Black historical and contemporary artists. An advanced online RSVP is required, and you must book admission tickets beforehand.
3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 746-5555

Leading by Mission LLC- Black History Month
February 20 at 2 PM
It’s a pop-up Black History Month Celebration. There will be a combination of poetry, singing, shopping, and guest speakers all promoting this year’s theme of unity.
Cost: $10, $15 at the door
The Neighborhood House Association, 644 West 4th Street, Plainfield, NJ 07060

Essence of Healing Presents Black History Month Celebration
February 27 at 2 PM
Bring the whole family to this free event, where there will be vendors, giveaways, performances, games, and more. There will be a painting activity for kids with Mr. Aidoo.
The YMCA Turell Gymnasium, 314 Williams St., East Orange, NJ 07017

How are you celebrating Black History Month with your family? Let us know.

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