MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Mayor Frank McGehee has announced the events for the second two weeks of the town-wide celebration of Black History Month. Details for each event can be found at the website www.maplewoodbhm.com.

1/ 20 – 3/8 – Exhibit at 1978 Arts Center – Sat. & Sun. 2pm -5pm

2/9 at 2pm – Artist Reception

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OSCAR PETERSON Art Exhibit & Reception

Specializing in Portraiture & Capturing Grace & Beauty of Ordinary People

1978 Springfield Ave. – Free 

  

2/12 at 7pm – Maplewood Library

Read Around the World: Rwanda

Book Group: Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga

Maplewood Library, 51 Baker St. – Free

 

2/14, 2/15 & 2/16 Progressive Theater & South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race

The Scottsboro Boys 

Theatrical Production & Post Show Discussion

Various Times 

Burgdorff Center, 10 Durand Rd. - Ticketed

 

2/15 at 3pm - SOMA Justice

Trayvon Martin Birthday Party 

Kid centered Event Honoring Trayvon’s Life 

Maplewood Senior Center, 106 Burnett Ave. – Free

 

2/16 at 4pm - Classic Maplewood 

Classical Concert Featuring Great Composers of African Descent with Richard C Alston

The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd. – Free

 

2/18 at 7pm – Columbia High School & Northern NJ Youth Orchestras

Jubilee! A Celebration of Black Composers

The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd. – Free

 

2/18 – 4/2 Exhibit – Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel  

2/19 at 7pm – Opening Reception

Civil Rights Exhibit 

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, 432 Scotland Rd, South Orange – Free

 

2/19 at 7pm – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 

MMS & SOMS Students Partner with Alvin Ailey

South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way in South Orange

Free but must RSVP 

 

2/19 at 7:30pm – South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race

1619 Project Discussion

The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd. – Free

 

2/20 at 7:30pm – Hilton Neighborhood Association

Readings from Dr. Martin Luther King's The Measure of a Man & Black History Month Quiz

DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett Ave. – Free

 

2/22 at 9am – SOMA Justice & South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race.

Pre-School Book Club

South Orange Country Day School, 461 Vose Ave, South Orange - Free

 

2/22 at 3pm – Maplewood Library

Art & Music Reception: Artist B. Curtis Grayson and the Mark Turner Trio

Maplewood Library, 561 Baker St. – Free

 

2/ 23 at 1pm – SOMA Justice & Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel 

Black/Jewish Solidarity: Building Together - Issues Affecting Black & Jewish Communities 

Gallery Walk-through 

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, 432 Scotland Rd. South Orange – Free

 

2/ 23 at 2:30pm – Book Discussion with Mayor Frank McGehee 

The Nickel Boys - A Novel by Colson Whitehead

Hilton Branch of the Library, 1688 Springfield Ave. – Free

 

2/ 23 at 3 pm – 6 pm – Euphoria Hair 

The Evolution of Beauty Care: Then To Now

African American Beauty: skin, hair & total body care 

Euphoria Hair, 2 Burnett Ave. – RSVP Required

 

2/27 at 4 pm – Maplewood Library

Books & Big Ideas: The Long Ride, with Marina Budhos

Cross-generational conversation: identity, race, busing, history + quiz + pizza

Maplewood Main Library, 51 Baker St. – Free

 

2/27 – 3/8 – American Theater Group

Premiere of TILL

Moving new musical written by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro 

Various Times 

St. Andrew's Church, 160 W. South Orange Ave., South Orange – Ticketed 

 

2/29 at 10:30 am – Maplewood Library

Sew Your Own Black Panther Mask for ages 12 and up 

Hilton Branch of the Library, 1688 Springfield Ave. – Free

 

2/29 at 2 pm – Maplewood Library

Maria Priadka School of Dance: The Dancing Genies

Traveling Dance Company

Maplewood Library, 51 Baker St. – Free 

 

2/29 at 2 pm to 8 pm – Hand Arts & Edutainment & SOMA Entrepreneurs of Color

Sankofa: A Celebration of Performances, African Drumming, Storytelling, Film Screening & Crafts 

The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd. – Free