NEWARK, NJ - Thursday October 19, 2017, the Black History Month Committee of Weequahic High School will be sponsoring a free program called REAL TALK THURSDAYS for the students and the community of Newark.  Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. will discuss the importance of the upcoming congressional midterm elections. The event will begin at 7:00 pm.

REAL TALK THURSDAYS begins October with an emphasis on politics for the 2017-2018 school year. Since election season is taking place in Newark and in New Jersey during the upcoming school year, REAL TALK THURSDAYS is dedicating the month of October to electoral politics. The Gubernatorial election takes place in November of 2017. Newark’s Mayoral election, and City Council elections, take place May of 2018 and the US Congressional midterm elections will be taking place shortly thereafter.  The theme of the forum for the month is the following: Bringing Electoral Politics Back to the Southward Neighborhood of Newark, NJ.

This October, we will have a powerful line-up of elected and political candidates representing various levels of government scheduled to speak at the historic school. Newark's Mayor Ras J. Baraka spoke on October 12, 2017. New Jersey Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Murphy is scheduled to visit on a Thursday this month as well. 

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Hip Hop artist turned political candidate, Dupree “DO IT ALL” Kelly, from the legendary Hip Hop group Lordz of the Underground plans to speak about his campaign to run for a Councilman-At Large seat in Newark, NJ on October 26,2017. Gubernatorial independent Green Party Candidate, the Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, a Protestant minister from Highland Park, and his running mate for Lieutenant Governor Lisa Durden, a television and radio talk show host, will stop by to discuss their campaigns to become the next Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

Bashir Muhammad Akinyele, the Chairperson of the Black History Month Committee and a history teacher at Weequahic High School says, “that this program is an opportunity to discuss solutions, with our elected officials, to the problems affecting African Americans, Latino Americans, people of color, women, the youth, and humanity in the Newark, NJ area.”

REAL TALK THURSDAYS is a student and community forum initiated by Weequahic High School’s Black History Month Committee. The focus of the forum is to provide free weekly spiritual, cultural and political education discussions to empower, inspire, and organize African /African Americans, Latino Americans, people of color, and the entire human family to become progressive change agents in America and in the world.

Weequahic High School Black History Month Committee was created 14 years ago, by teachers to organize programs and activities for February’s Black History Month.

REAL TALK THURSDAYS are held at Weequahic high school’s auditorium at 279 Chancellor Avenue in Newark, New Jersey!

For more information about the Real Talk Thursdays at Weequahic High School, contact (908) 956-3523 or (973) 705-3795.