UNION, NJ – A month-long lineup of programs and events celebrating Black History Month has been announced by Union Mayor Delisfort and the Township Committee.

The fourth annual celebration kicks off with an art exhibit titled, “Black Excellence” featuring various local Black artists and ends with a free movie screening of the 2019 film, “Harriet”.

“Over the past years, Union has commemorated Black History Month with the regional premiere of the musical ‘Simple Simone,’ and hosting the rotating film festival, which drew patrons from in and around Union,” said Delisfort.  “I’m proud to announce that we will again continue the tradition of honoring African American history, arts and culture, with a showing of the acclaimed film “Harriet”, which chronicles the extraordinary tale of the remarkable Harriet Tubman.”

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“I’m truly excited about this year’s Black History Month celebration and the opportunity it provides for reflection,” added Delisfort.

The schedule of programs and events for Union’s 2020 Black History Month lineup:

Black Excellence Art Exhibit

  • Friday, February 7, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Vauxhall Meeting Center from
  • Various local Black artists will exhibit their artwork. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Black History, Oral History, and Your Family's Story

  • Wednesday, February 12, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Vauxhall Branch Library
  • As presented by Dr. Katie Singer, History faculty at Rutgers University-Newark, there will be a brief introduction to the field of oral history, followed by examples from some local oral history collections and a short workshop for participants who are interested in recording their own family's oral histories.
  • Registration is required.  To register, call 908.851.5451.

Newark Swings: History of Jazz in New Jersey

  • Saturday, February 22, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Main Library Branch
  • Presented by Barbara Kukla with live music by Carrie Jackson. Learn about New Jersey’s rich jazz scene over the years and see how Jackson’s repertoire focuses on tunes that are part of the American Songbook, accenting the music of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and other popular singers. 
  • Registration is required.To register, call 908-851-5450 ext.3.

Free Movie Screening of "Harriet" (2019)

  • Saturday, Feb 29, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Jefferson School
  • The 2019 film (rated PG-13) is about the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
  • Doors open at 1:30 p.m.  Program begins at 2:00 p.m., followed by the movie screening at 2:30 p.m. 
  • After the movie, Dr. Margot Banks, Professor of English at Kean University, will provide commentary on the film.
  • Admission is free, but a ticket is required.Seating is first-come, first-served.  Tickets for the free movie screening of   “Harriet” are available for pick up at the Administration Office in Town Hall, 1976 Morris Avenue.  Each Union resident can pick up two tickets.  Proof of residency is required.

The Township of Union 2020 Black History Month events are in partnership with the Union Public Library, the Township’s Cultural Arts Board and Human Relations Commission. For more details on any of the Black History Month programs, visit uniontownship.com.