BHM 12 – Celebrating Final Week South Orange Black History Month 2021

Hello All – This monumental first time major 2021 South Orange Black History Month Tribute is truly something to behold and enjoy. As South Orange Trustee Summer Jones stated lots of hard work and long days have went into making it happen at such an expansive level.

And now a message from South Orange Trustee Summer Jones

Hey Peeps! – For the last few months, I have Chaired the Black History Month program in South Orange. Through long days and even longer nights we churned out amazing events and worked with amazing people. I am so proud of what we produced.

In this last week, I wanted to invite all of you into the last week of events. Most are virtual and open to the world. For my fellow Seton Hall peeps, check out their Black History Month page. (Link at the bottom)

To my amazing committee and people that have helped along the way- a Huge Thank YOU! (Non-Facebook Peeps – Ahadi, David, Brandon, Recreation & Cultural Affairs, Jason, Merlin) & My Fellow Trustees and especially our Village President Sheena Collum!

Know this is the start to something that will continue to be amazing year after year!

As Black History Month comes to a close, please check out the last week of ๐’๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐Ž๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ค ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ก activities, events, and panels that are happening:

๐๐€๐๐„๐‹ ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐’๐‚๐”๐’๐’๐ˆ๐Ž๐๐’ & ๐Ž๐๐‹๐ˆ๐๐„ ๐Œ๐„๐„๐“๐”๐๐’

Find the list of panels at

๐–๐ž๐๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐…๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ญ 8:30 ๐ฉ๐ฆ

๐™„๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™œ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก ๐™‹๐™–๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ก ๐˜ฟ๐™ž๐™จ๐™˜๐™ช๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐˜ผ๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ข ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐˜ฝ๐™ก๐™–๐™˜๐™  ๐™‡๐™ž๐™—๐™š๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ

– Join us for an intergenerational conversation about the fight for black liberation through a black women lens. Here Dr. Khadijah White of SOMA Justice, and Jordan Muhammad of MAPSO Youth Coalition, moderated by Mia Charlene White from SOMA Justice in conversation with archival footage of founding Black Panther member Erica Huggins and other black womxn activists of our American past as they discuss the past present and future of Activism for Black Liberation. This event will end with a live Q&A. This event was organized by Jordan Muhammad and Mia White. Use this link to register!…/tZcqc…

๐“๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐…๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“ ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ•๐ฉ๐ฆ ๐™Ž๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ & ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™˜๐™ž๐™–๐™ก ๐˜พ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š

๐™Ž๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ & ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™˜๐™ž๐™–๐™ก ๐˜พ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š (Part 2 – Women’s Perspective)

Join our Sport & Social Change panel discussion as our panelist sharing their philosophy and approach to sport and change. Bobby Brown moderates Bobby Brown in toasting these very special local sports legends: Coach Lisa Morgan, Lisa Charles, and Olivia Baker. Help us celebrate the power of their Sport & Social Change impact and join the conversation on how to make your own change happen! To join, youโ€™ll need to register here:

๐’๐ฎ๐ง๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐…๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ’๐ฉ๐ฆ

๐˜พ๐™ค๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™š ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ช๐™จ๐™š ๐˜ฟ๐™ž๐™จ๐™˜๐™ช๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐˜ฝ๐™ก๐™–๐™˜๐™  ๐™ƒ๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ: ๐˜พ๐™Š๐™‘๐™„๐˜ฟ19 ๐™‘๐™–๐™˜๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐˜ฝ๐™ก๐™–๐™˜๐™ 

๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ข๐™ข๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ. In partnership with the Community Coalition on Race, the Village of South Orange invites community members across the Two Towns to learn from community health experts, physicians, and those who have received vaccinations in order to build COVID vaccine confidence among vaccine-hesitant people in SOMA. To access the program, go to the events page on Community Coalition on Race ( Registration not required.


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Check Out Past Podcasts during your lunchtime ๐‘ฌ๐’‘๐’Š๐’”๐’๐’…๐’† 1- Our Brother Moose, ๐™€๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ค๐™™๐™š 2- Inclusion, Individuality, And Independence: People with Disabilities in the Black Family (Plus Bonus Episode featuring Ahadi Bugg Levine, Board of Jespy House), and ๐‘ฌ๐’‘๐’Š๐’”๐’๐’…๐’† 3- Being Black & Jewish

๐‚๐‡๐ˆ๐‹๐ƒ๐‘๐„๐’๐’ ๐๐Ž๐Ž๐Š ๐‹๐ˆ๐’๐“ ๐€๐๐ƒ ๐๐Ž๐Ž๐Š ๐‘๐„๐€๐ƒ๐ˆ๐๐†๐’

Get information at
Every Wednesdays at 10am – ๐˜พ๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™™๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ’๐™จ ๐˜ฝ๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™‡๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ
– ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐Ÿฐ: ๐—ง๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ž๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป
– ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐Ÿญ No Sidekicks Here, ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ 2 Loving Our Families and Ourselves, and ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ 3: Inspired by Our History are already posted.

Every Saturdays at 10am – ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š ๐™Ž๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ Each week, we will post 2 books to our webpage and YouTube channel for books from our booklist that have been read by people in our community.

๐Ž๐”๐“๐ƒ๐Ž๐Ž๐‘ ๐€๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐•๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐„๐’๐™€๐™ง๐™–๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™Š๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š ๐˜ฝ๐™ค๐™ง๐™™๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™๐™ช๐™ฃ/๐™’๐™–๐™ก๐™ 

Join resident Stephanie Lawson Muhammad, founder of Erasing Essexโ€™s Borders, on an exploration of the historical borders that defined the boundaries of South Orange within Essex County and how those borders have impacted African Americans over the last 150 years. Each route will cover 3.1 miles (5k) and incorporate locations and landmarks significant to the African American experience. The next date on Saturday, February 27th at 1pm. Register on the South Orange Recreation website.

๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก ๐ข๐ง ๐‚๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐€๐ซ๐ญ ๐„๐ฑ๐ก๐ข๐›๐ข๐ญ

Come take a stroll through our outdoor art exhibit celebrating black artists who live or work in the South Orange community. This exhibit, Strength in Creativity, looks at how our creativity makes our community stronger. The body of work is focused on artists whose medium is photography, painting, drawing, and sculpting. Each piece will include the artist, title, and ways that you can connect with them to see additional work. Location: Meadowland Park, Located on the path near the Duck Pond, off of Mead Street.

๐’๐๐„๐‚๐ˆ๐€๐‹ ๐‡๐Ž๐๐Ž๐‘๐’ Bozway

๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†, ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿณ๐˜๐—ต- Access Road Dedication to Lee Boswell May

And Special Acknowledgement to Gregory Burrus

๐Ÿ•:๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ ๐๐Œ ๐Ž๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐“๐ซ๐ข๐›๐ฎ๐ญ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐…๐š๐œ๐ž๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค (@GregoryBurrusAroundTown)

๐’๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐Ž๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ ๐‹๐ข๐›๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ (๐’๐Ž๐๐‹)

( Event Information for Virtual Zoom Sessions

๐“๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐…๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ•๐ฉ๐ฆ- ๐˜ฟ๐™ง. ๐™‚๐™ง๐™š๐™ฉ๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ

talks about her book, Driving While Black: African-American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights.

๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†, ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿด๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐Ÿฎ๐—ฝ๐—บ – ๐˜ฟ๐™ง. ๐˜พ๐™ก๐™–๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™ž๐™– ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š-๐™Ž๐™๐™–๐™™๐™š will talk about her book, Outspoken: Clarence W. Newsome, Esq. A Civil Rights Champion: A Daughter’s Reflections, which is a memoir of her father Clarence Newsome, a Civil Rights champion and lawyer.

๐’๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐Ž๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐€๐ซ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐‚๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ (๐’๐Ž๐๐€๐‚)

( Films on Demand; For $12 rent for a 72 hour period the films “Billie” about Billie Holiday and “Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things”.

๐’๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐Ž๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐•๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐‚๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐€๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž (๐’๐Ž๐•๐‚๐€)

Visit their Black History Month website to hear about Sankofa: Honoring Our Stories.

This project celebrating the stories of Black residents of South Orange, past and present, to create a meaningful narrative of the contributions and impact of Black residents on South Orange. Discover the stories online and visit them in-person using the Walking Tour Map. Presented by the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) as part of the South Orange Village Black History Month Celebrations and made possible by a grant from Main Street New Jersey.

๐’๐ž๐ญ๐จ๐ง ๐‡๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ

๐…๐จ๐จ๐ ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž, ๐๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ ๐‡๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก

๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐…๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ง๐ ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ”:๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐๐Œ – A discussion about food justice and a cooking demonstration by Bryant Terry, Chef in Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Zoom Link… Meeting ID: 924 8644 2545 Passcode: 888376

Some Seton Hall University Black History Month events are open to the community (…/black-history-month.cfm).

We continually add to our South Orange Black History Month webpage

( and calendar. You can subscribe to the calendar for updates!

To Join Next Year’s Black History Month Committee, please email

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