Black History Month Resources
Celebrate Black History Month this February with these resources to show support and educate yourself this month and beyond.
Join the Office of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion on Feb. 8 at 12 p.m. for a free lunch and learn webinar recognizing National Black History Month.
Watch a ballet performance performed by the Kennedy Center Reframing the Narrative program.
Read about Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the man behind Black History Month.
Read an article honoring Black Americans’ historical contributions to the practice of medicine.
Discover a new eatery with the EatOkra app, connecting foodies to Black-owned restaurants and culinary events.
Share NJ Realtors® Black History Month Photofy template on your social media pages.
Learn about 30 Black designers who shaped fashion history across the world.
Watch “Our America: Lowballed,” a documentary focusing on appraisal disparities in Black neighborhoods.
Discover the 6 influential Black real estate figures you should know.
Explore the National Museum of African American History & Culture’s latest digital initiative, the Searchable Museum.
Read “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennet.
Listen to a poetry reading by Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history.
Discover Local Arts with ArtPride New Jersey
Celebrate Black History Month with various events throughout New Jersey celebrating Black artists. Programming includes theater, art exhibitions, and musical performances and it’s all part of ArtPride New Jersey’s statewide Black History Month celebration.
· Feature Event: “Raisin” at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park, N.J. — Lorraine Hansberry's classic “A Raisin in the Sun” is transformed into a soulful, inspiring musical of a proud Black family's quest for a better life. Tony Award winner for Best Musical, “Raisin” ran for over two years on Broadway and enjoyed a record-breaking national tour, including 40 major cities in the U.S. and Canada, being seen by 3.5 million people. This production will be directed by Evelyn Collins (founder of the Denzel Washington School of the Arts) and be a significant part of New Jersey’s Black History Month observations.
· Artist Spotlight: Yahaya Kamate — Associate artistic director of the Seventh Principle Performance Company and the founder of Kamate Traders Dance Company, Yahaya Kamate has performed worldwide and soloed with companies including the National Ballet Cote D’Ivorie, Ballet D’Afrique, and Mask Dance Company. Kamate has taught at Mark Morris Dance Center, Audiences of NJ and NY, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and Center for Modern Dance Education. He has been with Seventh Principle as a principal artist and choreographer since 1997.
· Feature Exhibition: “Cycle of Creativity: Alison Saar and the Toni Morrison Papers” at Princeton University Art Museum, on view February 25, 2023 - Sunday, July 9, 2023 — This exhibition brings sculpture, prints, and textiles by the mixed-media artist Alison Saar into conversation with the work of Toni Morrison, whose vast trove of papers from her career as a novelist, essayist, playwright, professor, and editor are held in the Princeton University Library. Saar and Morrison share a dedication to giving voice to the Black American experience, drawing inspiration from past generations, and creating space for future cultural production through a dynamic that Saar calls a “cycle of creativity.” The exhibition explores themes that resonate in the works of both Saar and Morrison — musicality, labor, and ancestors — through various facets of each artist’s practice.
· Feature Event: Arts of Global Africa: Virtual Tour at The Newark Museum of Art —The arts of Africa are as varied as the continent itself; millions of people of African descent live around the world, extending African creative expression well beyond the continent’s boundaries. Join a Virtual Gallery Tour to view the works at The Newark Museum of Art that highlight the continent’s diversity of materials, ideas, and forms and integrate historical and contemporary art.
The complete list of ArtPride New Jersey Black History Month programming taking place across the state is available at JerseyArtsFeatures.com.