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Maplewood Black History Month Events Include ‘Central Park 5’ Screening & More

From the Township of Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs:

To honor Black History Month, The Township of Maplewood will for the second year in a row, work with local sponsors and businesses in a coordinated effort to raise awareness for events and activities during the month of February.

Information from local organizations including The Maplewood Library, South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, SOMA Film Festival, 1978 Art Center and SOMA Justice among others, will be available in one centralized location at The site will contain a list of events, a calendar and links to participating organizations. In addition, the Township will provide updates throughout the month on multiple social media platforms.

Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca said in a statement “The Township is pleased to lead this initiative for a second year” adding, “we hope this effort will result in greater awareness for Black History Month activities happening throughout the community.”

Highlights of Black History Month activities include:

Eleta Cladwell, TRAILBLAZER Sat, Jan 19 – Sun, Mar 3, 1978 Maplewood Arts Center Art exhibition from the first female and Black Principal Of Newark Arts High School

Black History Month Proclamation From Maplewood Township Committee Tuesday, February 5 at 7:30 Maplewood Town Hall

Kids Speak Out Saturday, February 9 4:00 PM Maplewood Memorial Library Artwork and poetry from local elementary students. Refreshments will be served

Celebrate Trayvon Martin’s Life and Legacy Sunday, February 10 2:00 PM Maplewood Senior Center All ages event to remember Trayvon Martin. Free books, crafts and social justice oriented activities as well as pizza and birthday cake.

The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin by Kristen Childs Sat, Feb 16 – Sun Feb 17 The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts Powerful theatrical presentation from Producer Gregory Omar Osborne and SOMA Community Coalition on Race

Celebrating the writings of African American poets Thursday, February 21 7:30 PM DeHart Community Center Poetry circle featuring poets from past and present.

Central Park Five Screening & Panel Discussion Friday, February 22 at 7:30 PM The Woodland Panel includes Kevin Richardson, one of the CP 5, and film maker Sarah Burns. See trailer here or below.

4th Wall Theater Presents INTIMATE APPAREL Friday Feb 22 – Sunday, Feb 24 The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts Powerful stage play from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Lynn Nottage

For a complete list of activities and more information visit

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