SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Public Library will commemorate Black History Month this February with two events highlighting the cultural and political significance of recent African-American history. They are appropriate for all ages.
The first event, to be held Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m., will be a screening of the documentary “Alice’s Ordinary People,” with director Craig Dudnick. An important figure in Civil Rights history, Alice Tregay marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1966, registered thousands Chicagoans to vote, and helped found Operation Breadbasket, an organization dedicated to improving the economic conditions of black communities. Author Richard Creamer said history “has validated her work, her commitment, and her faith in the future.”
The second event, to be held Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m., will be a talk by author Barbara J. Kukla entitled “From Swing to Bop and Beyond.” The former Star-Ledger editor will discuss her new book, “America’s Music: Jazz in Newark,” which traces the city’s rich jazz history since the 1920s. Kukla’s book spotlights the lives and careers of the musicians who made Newark a jazz epicenter, including Sarah Vaughan, James Moody, Wayne Shorter, and Woody Shaw. This discussion is co-sponsored by the Maplewood Public Library, and books will be available for purchase.
These events are free and open to the public. Anyone looking for more information should contact the library at (973) 762-0230.