Education

Former Black Panther Speaks at Westfield School Assembly for Black History Month

The Roosevelt Sharps and Flats perform with the Newark Boys Chorus during Friday's Black History Month assembly. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
321dcea1d89623d0c151_358cd0f671808c79e104_DSC_1855.JPG
Jamal Joseph, teacher Pam Friedman and Principal Stewart Carey Credits: Jackie Lieberman
776e9a4719a9c8029b2b_c6c5220611f8c0ef417d_DSC_1861.JPG
Roosevelt's Sharps and Flats performed with the Newark Boys Chorus. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
321dcea1d89623d0c151_358cd0f671808c79e104_DSC_1855.JPG

WESTFIELD, NJ — Jamal Joseph — celebrated writer, director, producer, poet, activist, educator and a former member of the Black Panther Party who spent time in prison — spoke to students at Roosevelt Intermediate School’s 9th annual Black History Month assembly Friday.  

Joseph spoke about his anger over the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. as what drove him, at the age of 15, to become the youngest Black Panther in history. With his friends, he said, he went to the party headquarters hoping they would hand him a gun. Instead, they armed him with a stack of books.

His message to Roosevelt students was not one of anger, but one of love, hope and cooperation. One of the great misconceptions about the Black Panther Party was that it was about hatred, he said.

Sign Up for E-News

When Beyonce put her dancers in black berets reminiscent of the Panthers for their Super Bowl show, she started a controversy “so that people can understand that the image of the Panthers just with guns or being angry or thinking that they hated white people” was not the whole story, Joseph explained. He told the crowd that the Black Panthers had a breakfast program, health clinics and a message of cooperation to bring “power to all the people.”

During this Black History month, he told the assembly, “Be dedicated to the fact that we love each other and we will rise.”

The school gave Joseph a standing ovation.

Principal Stewart Carey thanked teacher Pam Friedman for organizing the assembly, which also included performances by annual guests the Newark Boys Chorus. 

“This is always a great day for the school,” Carey said “I never knew that we could get the type of speakers we’ve had here.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Piscataway

South Plainfield Students Planning to Walkout in Support of Safer Schools

February 23, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In the wake of last week’s tragic school shooting in Florida, students from across the country – including right here in South Plainfield – are joining together for change.

On Feb. 16, the non-profit organization Women’s March launched a Youth EMPOWER movement calling for a national school walkout and publicizing the event on social ...

Obituaries

Christina C. Sweet (Diaz) 79 years, died Monday January 1, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson University ...
Read more
- Nov 15, 2017
Phillip A. Petracca, also widely known as Filippo Neri in the Italian-American Radio and ...
Read more

New Brunswick and the Civil War:  The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion

February 23, 2018

February 25

(Snow date 3/11)

New Brunswick and the Civil War:  The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion

with local author Joanne H. Rajoppi

2:00PM – 4:00PM

TKTS: members $10, in advance $12, door $15

Limited seating - adv. registration sug.

Light refreshments included

Dutch Door Gift Shop ...

Early Cat in the Hat Visit to Piscataway Regional Day School

NJEA’s Cat In The Hat Visits PRDS

Students at the Piscataway Regional Day School (PRDS) were treated to an early visit from the New Jersey Education Association’s seven foot 'Cat in the Hat', in advance of Read Across America, the annual nationwide celebration of reading.

Wearing the traditional red and white stovepipe hat, the Cat in the Hat, (retired teacher, Marie ...

Trees Have Sex? Rutgers Researchers Have All the Answers

New Brunswick, NJ - A few years ago, Rutgers researcher Jennifer Blake-Mahmud was working on a botany project in Virginia when colleagues pointed out a striped maple, a common tree in the understory of mountain forests from Nova Scotia to Georgia. 

“They told me, ‘We think it switches sex from year to year, but we don’t know why,’ and I said, ‘No ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_93156380ef12939fa691_metlar_bodine_house_7-2-16_004

Sat, February 24, 2:00 PM

Metlar-Bodine House Museum, Piscataway

New Brunswick and the Civil War:  The Brunswick ...

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, February 24, 2:00 PM

Edison High School Auditorium, Edison

Free community viewing of "BAG IT" - Award ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Sat, February 24, 4:00 PM

American Legion, South Plainfield

Boy Scout Troop 207 Spaghetti Dinner

Food & Drink

Sun, February 25, 1:00 PM

St. David's Episcopal Church, Cranbury

Organizing for the 2018 Mid-terms: Elections, ...

Education Giving Back Government

Carousel_image_3d7e35618f05795eb00f_omstbydesignnew_jpeg

Tue, February 27, 7:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

“Olmsted By Design!” Free First-Person, Dramatic ...

Arts & Entertainment Green Home & Garden

Shouts of Racial Slurs Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

Guest Column

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  

 

The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

The Best Way to Pay Your Child a Compliment

“Of course you’re good-looking.”  “You’re the best friend ever.”  “Who wouldn’t want you on their team?”  Is there a parent out there (including me) who hasn’t praised a child in order to make him or her feel better?  Sometimes it’s true, and sometimes we say it because we just can’t stand to see them ...

Height during childhood associated with increased stroke risk in adulthood

Researchers in Denmark studied the health records of more than 300,000 people born between 1930 and 1989 and found that those who were shorter than average height between ages 7 and 13 had a greater risk of stroke as adults. The results of this study were published in the February 15, 2018 issue of the journal Stroke.

Summary: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320922.php

Journal ...

Very Hot Tea Increases Cancer Risk

Researchers in China studying the consumption of “burning” hot tea, alcohol, and smoking habits of greater than 450,000 people ages 30 –79 for more than nine years found a five time greater risk of esophageal cancer in those who engaged in all three of the behaviors and a two time greater risk in those who either smoked or drank alcohol and consumed burning hot tea as compared ...