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 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐎𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐇𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡 activities, events, and panels that are happening:


Find the list of panels at

𝐖𝐞𝐝𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟐𝟒𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐭 8:30 𝐩𝐦

𝙄𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙋𝙖𝙣𝙚𝙡 𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙘𝙪𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙣 𝘼𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙨𝙢 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝘽𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙇𝙞𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣

– 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…

𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟐𝟓 𝐚𝐭 𝟕𝐩𝐦 𝙎𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩 & 𝙎𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚

𝙎𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩 & 𝙎𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚 (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, you’ll need to register here:

𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟐𝟖𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐭 𝟒𝐩𝐦

𝘾𝙤𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙚 𝙃𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙘𝙪𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙣 𝘽𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝 𝙈𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨: 𝘾𝙊𝙑𝙄𝘿19 𝙑𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘽𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙠

𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮. 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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Every Wednesdays at 10am – 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙣’𝙨 𝘽𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙇𝙞𝙨𝙩
– 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝟰: 𝗧𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗹𝗲𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
– 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝟭 No Sidekicks Here, 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸 2 Loving Our Families and Ourselves, and 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸 3: Inspired by Our History are already posted.

Every Saturdays at 10am – 𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙎𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙙𝙖𝙮 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.

𝐎𝐔𝐓𝐃𝐎𝐎𝐑 𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐈𝐓𝐈𝐄𝐒𝙀𝙧𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙎𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝙊𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚 𝘽𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙍𝙪𝙣/𝙒𝙖𝙡𝙠

Join resident Stephanie Lawson Muhammad, founder of Erasing Essex’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.

𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐀𝐫𝐭 𝐄𝐱𝐡𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐭

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.


𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗙𝗲𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟮𝟳𝘁𝗵- Access Road Dedication to Lee Boswell May

And Special Acknowledgement to Gregory Burrus

𝟕:𝟎𝟎 𝐏𝐌 𝐎𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 (@GregoryBurrusAroundTown)

𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐎𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐋𝐢𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 (𝐒𝐎𝐏𝐋)

( Event Information for Virtual Zoom Sessions

𝐓𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟐𝟑𝐫𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝟕𝐩𝐦- 𝘿𝙧. 𝙂𝙧𝙚𝙩𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙎𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙣

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

𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗙𝗲𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟮𝟴𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝘁 𝟮𝗽𝗺 – 𝘿𝙧. 𝘾𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙖 𝙉𝙚𝙬𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚-𝙎𝙝𝙖𝙙𝙚 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.

𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐎𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 (𝐒𝐎𝐏𝐀𝐂)

( 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”.

𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐎𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐕𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐀𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 (𝐒𝐎𝐕𝐂𝐀)

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.

𝐒𝐞𝐭𝐨𝐧 𝐇𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲

𝐅𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞, 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡

𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟐𝟐𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝟔:𝟎𝟎𝐏𝐌 – 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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