CAMDEN, NJ — With Black History Month underway, there’s no shortage of ways to observe and celebrate African American culture and history in Camden throughout February. 

Speakers will take the stage at both Camden County College and Rutgers-University Camden, and Camden’s public libraries will host readings as well (events listed below). 

This Saturday, La Unique will start its “Black History Month Film Series.”

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The bookstore, which doubles as a cultural center, will begin the series by screening “The Spook Who Sat by the Door.” 

The 1973 action crime drama, which is based on Sam Greenlee’s 1969 novel of the same name, tells of a black man who - through his cunning - works his way into the CIA in order to gather information he plans to use later to plot “a new American Revolution.”

“This material, of course, was banned at one point, and considered very controversial,” Larry Miles, owner of La Unique for the past 28 years, said behind the counter at his store. “The protagonist started a revolution, and it’s a great movie for us to start with.”

On Feb. 15, the bookstore will continue the series with Richard Fleischer’s 1975 movie, “Mandingo" — based on Kyle Onstott’s book.

La Unique is located at 111 N 6th St. The screenings will begin at 1 pm and there is a $5 suggested donation. Miles said more screenings will be announced later in the month.

Camden County officials also said events are planned throughout the city.

“Our goal is to educate, entertain, and inspire the community, to celebrate the legacy of African-American leaders and culture in America, as well as to highlight the challenges we still face as we look to create a more just society,” said Camden County Freeholder Jonathan Young. 

“In the decades since the first Black History Month, we have studied and recognized the myriad contributions of African-Americans throughout history. We hope this year provides yet another opportunity to expand our understanding, and to foster productive discussions about the realities faced by African Americans today,” Young added.

If you would like to submit an event email details to srodas@tapinto.net.

“Paint & Sip” at Dare Academy

Artist Justin Green will conduct a “Paint & Sip” at Dare Academy in celebration of Black History Month on Feb. 29. 

The event, which will be hosted by the South Jersey Young Democrats Black Caucus, will run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The academy is located at 1656 Kaighn Ave. To purchase tickets, which cost $25, click here. Light refreshments and wine are included.

Islamic Center lecture

The Quba School and Islamic Center will host “Black History As It Relates To Islam” on Feb. 14 at 6 p.m.

“This will be a lecture program based upon the contribution of black people in Islam from the time of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) up until the present,” said organizers.

The center is located 1311 Haddon Ave.

Rutgers-Camden University events 

Rutgers-Camden University began the month with a keynote by Dr. Brittney Cooper on and a “Speak Up” event inviting attendees to read and reflect on personal stories. 

The university will continue Black History Month with the following events:

Beyond the Mill: Black History Month Edition

Thursday, Feb. 6 at 12:45 p.m. in Penn 401

Dr. Oscar Holmes IV hosts special guests Rhasheda Douglas, professor of law, and Dr. Keith Green, professor of English.

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School

A documentary film encouraging a robust conversation about reducing the criminalization of Black girls in our nation’s schools.

Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.

Multi-Purpose Room

Introduction to Tai Chi

Learn about and practice the Tai Chi martial arts form with Grandmaster Malik Cadwell.

Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m.

Gym & Athletic Center

Black 2020: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

Join the school for a panel of distinguished thinkers and activists as they explore Black political action and consciousness in 2020.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 12:20 p.m.

South BC (Campus Center)

A Tribute to Toni Morrison

On her birthday, we celebrate the Presidential Medal of Honor recipient by speaking the words she crafted so carefully.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 12:45 p.m.

Writers House

Courageous Conversations

Join us to discuss with Brian Phillips and Sarah Blackman about issues surrounding race in a safe and inclusive space.

Tuesdays, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

Raptor Roost

Black American Music (BAM) Concert

Join us for a celebration of the music that defines the beauty, struggle, and triumph of Black people in the Americas.

Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Gordon Theater

"Harriet" Film Screening

Watch the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes.

Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.

Multi-Purpose Room A

I Have A Dream…

A compelling dramatization of the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Call 856-225-6202 to reserve your seat)

Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m.

Gordon Theater

Camden County College events 

Elder Larry Miles; “From LA Unique African American Center”

Camden Campus; CTC Building 201 

Feb. 4 from Noon to 3 p.m. (light refreshments served)

Professor Lester Owens will speak about the “Underground Railroad”

Camden Campus; CTC Building 201 

Feb. 5 at 12:30p.m.

Speaker: Terrell Brown will speak on “Wealth Creation and Black Wall Street”

Camden Campus; College Hall 508 

Feb. 11 Noon to 3 p.m. (light refreshments will be served)

“Musical Exploration of Artists Now & Then”

Musical Exploration of artists from the 1940’s to today

“Behind the Curtain,” Yocontalie Jackson, Carla Benson, Christopher Stivers, LaVenne Tatum and Bless Watson.

Camden Campus; CTC Conference Auditorium 

Feb. 19 Noon to 3 p.m. (light refreshments served)

DJ Smooth- Karaoke- Celebrating Black Artists

Camden Campus; College Hall Café

Feb. 25 11a.m. to 2 p.m.

WDBK Radio Station presents “Black History Month Trivia” 

Camden Campus; College Hall Café

Feb. 27 Noon (prizes will be awarded)

Events at local libraries

The following events will be held at the Riletta L. Cream–Ferry Avenue Branch, 852 Ferry Avenue.

Hip-Hop Jazz Musicology

Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. (all ages)

Soul Food (Teen Cooking Club)

Feb. 19, 4 to 7 p.m. (ages 12 to 18)

George Crum and the Saratoga Chip

Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m. (all ages)

Celebrate Black History with Ms. Edna Davis

Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. (ages 8 and up)

To learn more about Camden County events click here.

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