ELIZABETH, NJ – Black History Month is celebrated in the city with events spanning the whole month.
This Saturday, Feb. 4, the United Youth of New Jersey and the Kean University Pan African Student Union will present an original play entitled “Black Wall Street, A True Reflection of the Sun People." The play tells the story of the Greenwood District, also known as Black Wall Street, from 1907 to 1921. Greenwood was a haven for African American business owners, doctors and influencers of the time. The play, written and directed by United Youth of New Jersey founders Charlotte and Kenneth Brown, tells the full story of men and women who made up the Greenwood District from its inception until its demise. The play will be performed from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Wilkins Theater on the campus of Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union. For more information, visit the United Youth of New Jersey website at www.UnitedYouthofNJ.org, or call 908-220-5279 or 908-943- 8116.
The Elizabeth Chapter of the NAACP will be joined by Mayor Bollwage and Councilwoman Patricia Perkins Auguste who invite residents to an African American flag raising in honor of African American History Month in front of City Hall, 50 Winfield Scott Plaza, Monday, Feb. 6, from 4 to 5 p.m. Following this event, a Proclamation Signing Program will be held in City Council Chambers. For more information, call at 908-820-4049.
A presentation of “The Middle Passage” will be presented by Friends of the NJ Legacy Foundation and Rev. Steph and Jubilation at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway at 5 p.m., Feb. 11. UCPAC is located at 1601 Irving Street. For more information, call 732-499-8226.
The First African American Heritage Day Parade Kick-Off Ball, a fund-raiser for the African American Heritage Day Parade takes places Feb.18, beginning at 8 p.m., at the Galloping Hill Inn, Salem Road at Five Points, Union. Formal dress is requested. For more information, contact Yolanda Eady-Perkins at 908-220-6113; Ricky Perkins, 908-370-8413; and Brenda McClinton, 732-968-1711.