Camden County Celebrates Black History Month

February is Black History Month and there are many ways to honor and celebrate throughout the county.  The Camden County Board of Commissioners is co-hosting several events from the library to the college and more, there is plenty to check out this month!


Camden County Library System
The Camden County Library System has an entire month of programming scheduled  throughout February

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Black History Month Art Exhibit
February 16 – 4-7 PM
Camden High School Auditorium
1700 Park Boulevard, Camden NJ

Black Tie Event, Must Register to Attend
Contact: Travara Tilghman- 856-757-7603 or Evette Skerrett- 856-757-7266

 


History Moment at Lawnside Historical Society Online Event
February 9 – 7 PM
https://www.petermotthouse.org/event/lhs-feb-2023-monthly-meeting/

 


Master Class Series: “Almost Dead”
February 9 – 12:45  PM – 1:45 PM
South Conference Room ABC,
Rutgers–Camden Campus Center

Author Dr. Michael Dickinson gives a talk on his new book Almost Dead. Where he will describe how urban environments provided unique barriers to and avenues for social rebirth: the process by which African-descended peoples reconstructed their lives individually and collectively after forced exportation from West Africa. Dr. Dickinson explains that it was in these urban slave’s communities; within the connections between neighbors and kinfolk; that the enslaved found the physical and psychological resources necessary to endure the seemingly unendurable. Whether sites of first arrival, commodification, sale, short-term captivity, or lifetime enslavement, the urban Atlantic shaped and was shaped by Black lives.
https://camden.rutgers.edu/event/master-class-series-almost-dead

 


Why Black Cemeteries Matter
February 13 – 4 PM – 5 PM

Why Black cemeteries matter, lessons from a student preservation activist is an informative talk/workshop with Dolly Marshall, historian, preservationist and Rutgers Camden student as she shares how her personal journey to discover her family’s history led to a career change and exciting family discoveries!
https://camden.rutgers.edu/event/why-black-cemeteries-matter

 


Underground Railroad
February 8 – 1 PM – 3 PM
Camden City Campus – College Hall 508
200 N. Broadway
Camden, NJ 08102, NJ 08102 United States

Presented by Professor Owens and a display from La Unique Bookstore.
https://www.camdencc.edu/event/underground-railroad/

 


Fettersville Documentary: History of Camden
February 14  – 12 PM – 3 PM
Camden City Campus CTC Lobby
200 N. Broadway
Camden, NJ 08102 United States

Documentary and panel with Connie Jackson; History of Camden – Camden Campus
https://www.camdencc.edu/event/fettersville-documentary-history-of-camden/

 


Hazel Scott from Cafe Society to Hollywood
February 21 – 1 PM – 3 PM
Camden County College Connector Building – Civic Hall
200 College Drive
Blackwood, NJ 08012

A legendary jazz/classical pianist, Hazel Scott was known for her style of ‘swinging the classics, “throughout the 1940 and ’50s while her marriage to Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. made them one of the most high-profile couples in America. After a thriving international career, Hazel Scott was blacklisted during the McCarthy Era, leading to her expatriation to Paris. Her artistic contributions are now being rediscovered as one of America’s preeminent musicians.
https://www.camdencc.edu/event/hazel-scott-from-cafe-society-to-hollywood/

 


“They Said We Couldn’t Play”
February 22 – 12 PM – 2 PM
Camden County College Connector Building – Civic Hall
200 College Drive
Blackwood, NJ 08012

A viewing of the documentary “They Said We Couldn’t Play” about the Philadelphia Stars Negro League baseball team w/ 100s of Negro League photos and autographed items on display for viewing.
https://www.camdencc.edu/event/they-said-we-couldnt-play/

 


“Uncaged Birds” an African American Poetry Reading and Prose
February 23 – 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
A reading of African American Poetry and Prose by Professor Keith O’Shaughnessy.
Camden County College CON 105
200 College Drive
Blackwood, NJ 08012 United States

A reading of African American Poetry and Prose by Professor Keith O’Shaughnessy.
https://www.camdencc.edu/event/uncaged-birds-an-african-american-poetry-reading-and-prose/

 


Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I am Woman?
February 28 – 12 PM – 3 PM
Camden County College – Camden City Campus CTC Lobby
200 N. Broadway
Camden, NJ 08102 United States

Presentation by: Dr. Century (Kim Hanley)
Brief Bio: Sojourner Truth was an American abolitionist of New York Dutch heritage and a women’s rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826.
https://www.camdencc.edu/event/sojourner-truth-aint-i-am-woman/