Camden County Celebrates Black History Month

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To mark Black History Month, the Freeholder Board is cohosting several events throughout the county. From the library to the college to the Camden County Historical Society, there are plenty of events to check out this month!

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African American Film Festival

The Freeholder Board and Camden County Library System are hosting a film series celebrating African American culture and history. The African American Film Festival is being held at the Riletta L. Cream Branch, located at 852 Ferry Avenue in Camden City. All films begin at 5 PM. Click here for more information.

February 7th – “Rosa Parks Story”
This 2002 movie stars Angela Bassett as Rosa Parks and Cecily Tyson as her mother. The film chronicles Rosa Park’s life and her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.

February 14th – “Jumping the Broom”
Two very different families converge for a weekend wedding in this 2011 romantic comedy starring Angela Bassett, Paula Patton and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

February 28th – “Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory”
The 1997 film about the life and music of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Possessing a powerful voice, she was one of the most influential gospel singers in the world and was heralded internationally as a civil rights activist.

More Black History Month Library Happenings

Writers for a Reason
Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch
Ages 12 – 18
Wednesday, February 20th, 5:30PM – 7 PM
Celebrate Black History Month with special guest Myster-E for a performance of his Martin Luther King tribute piece titles “Unity.” Participants will then have the opportunity to creats their own poem, rap or spoken word piece to share.

George Crum and Saratoga Chip
Ferry Avenue Branch
Saturday, February 23rd, 2:30 PM
Story of George Crum, African-American who invented the potato chip. Includes a potato chip tasting.

Hip-Hop Workshop with Myster-E
Ferry Avenue Branch
Wednesday, February 27th, 4 PM
Learn about this history of hip hop music in this workshop. 

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Black History Month at Camden County College

Join Camden County College for the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. This event honors the life of Dr. King and his impact on the lives of Americans. Through hands-on, engaging services activities, we celebrate the legacy of the man that reminds us “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve!” We are looking for volunteers of all backgrounds including students, faculty and staff. Thank you for your service! For more information visit

Camden County College’s Wolverton Library will have displays set up from February 1st to the 28th – one will be a table in the front of the library and one will be on the spinner in the soft seating area of the first floor of the library. These displays will include books, graphic novels, DVDs, CDs and audio books that the library has. The books will range in topics from sports, entertainment, history/politics, science/technology and famous people. The Wolverton Library will also have the timeline display on the second floor of the library from the Camden County Historical Society titled “A Brief Timeline of African American History.” Click here for more information.

Exhibit Highlighting the Anointed News Journal Opens at Camden County Historical Society

The Camden County Historical Society is excited to announce the opening of a new exhibit highlighting the Anointed News Journal in their African American History Room on Sunday, February 10th from 2 PM to 6 PN. The exhibit celebrates 25 years of history recorded in this weekly newspaper published in Camden, and includes the front page of every edition. For more information, click here.