In celebration of Black History Month, Family Promise of Morris County staff has put together a list of resources and local events to share with our community.
These are powerful opportunities to inspire a deeper recognition of Black History, Culture, and Contributions and to share how inequity and racism affect the daily lives of our Black and African American community members. Each resource or activity offers different ways to learn and dive deeper this month and/or year-round.
Let's reflect, honor, and celebrate, together!
1. From Tuesday, January 11 through Sunday, March 6, celebrateArt in the Atrium’s 30th Anniversary at Morristown Performing Arts Center’s art galleries 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 Wednesday, February 16 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, experience The Coopers: “Freedom,” Abduction, and Life in Central Delaware & DR Still and the Underground Railroad in NJ (virtual) through The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison, NJ. More info here.
4. Join Denville Voices for Racial Justice for their 2nd Annual Virtual Film Discussion (virtual) of Sidney Poitier's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" on Sunday, February 20 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Register here.
5. Subscribe to United Way’s 21-Day Equity Challenge, with daily topics such as Understanding Privilege, Housing & Redlining, Justice System Inequities, Allyship, and more, here.
6. On Friday, February 25, join County College of Morris for “If These Stones Could Talk: African American Presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountain, and Surrounding Regions of New Jersey,” a virtual talk with authors Beverly Mills and Sharon Elaine Buck. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Check out the North Jersey History & Genealogy Center’s Exploring Black History & Genealogy, offered by The Morristown & Morris Township 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. Celebrate with your little ones by watching Sesame Street’s Let’s Celebrate Black History Song! video here. Continue the conversation with Sesame Street’s Coming Together: Talking to Children about Race, Ethnicity, and Culture resources here.
10. 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), and Sandi’s Soul Bites (Morristown).
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!