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10 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Morris County

Updated: Feb 7, 2023

In celebration of Black History Month, Family Promise of Morris County staff has compiled a list of resources and local events to share with our community.

This list offers a variety of powerful opportunities which offer a deeper understanding and recognition of Black History, culture, and contributions within our society. Each resource or activity offers different ways to learn while inspiring positive change and dialogue this month and year-round.

Let's reflect, honor, and celebrate, together!

1. From Tuesday, January 10 through Sunday, March 5, check out Art in the Atrium’s presentation of “The Soul of African American Art” at Morristown Performing Arts Center’s art gallery in Morristown, NJ. More info here.

2. Subscribe to Anti-Racism Daily’s 28 Days of Black History Series for daily emails centering on stories of Black marginalized voices that are often overlooked in Black history narratives, here.

3. On February 9 from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, stop by the Morris County Library for a children’s story hour (ages 9-12), featuring the story of Molly Bannaky, a 15th century English indentured servant whose African American family has experienced many historical milestones of the United States. Her story will be presented by her 10th generation granddaughter, Monica Scott.

4. On Tuesday, February 23, at 7:30 PM, join County College of Morris for Reflections: The Life and Times of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring James Lucas. To learn more or watch the livestream, click here.

5. One of our Promising Solutions women’s campus residents is a published author! You can support a local Black author by purchasing her book, Gabby Walks to School, here!

6. WatchFrom Protest to President: A Social Justice Journey, a webinar offered through the New Jersey State Library’s Emergence of Adult Education and the Birth of Distance Learning Program.

7. Check out Henry Beard, from Enslaved Man to Union Civil War Veteran, a program chronicling the inspiring life of former enslaved Civil War veteran Henry Beard. Watch the webinar offered through the New Jersey State Library, here.

8. Celebrate all month long through The Black Music History Library, a living collection of music, books, articles, documentaries, and more. Check it out here.

9. Check out NJ Mom’s list of Black-owned businesses you can support here. Just a few Morris County options include: ESO Artisanal Pasta (Morristown), Mo’Pweeze Bakery (Denville), MoTown Hair Affair (Morristown), and Sandi’s Soul Bites (Morristown).

10. Explore African American history through digital activities on the Smithsonian’s Virtual Learning Lab platform. Learn through activities and collections including gathered objects, stories, videos and conversation questions.

However you choose to celebrate this month, remember that we can honor Black history and culture year-round by supporting Black-owned businesses, artists, and authors, furthering our education, and working to be an ally each and every day!

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