Carteret Celebrates Black History Month with Live Performances, Art and Film Series

Carteret, NJ – Mayor Daniel J. Reiman, the Carteret Recreation Committee, and the Central Jersey Arts Council are proud to present programs and performances honoring Black History month in the Borough throughout the month of February. Black History Month, created by Carter G. Woodson in 1926, celebrates African American history and culture.

“From trailblazers like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks to historic figures like Frederick Douglass, modern day leaders like President Obama, and authors like Maya Angelou, the brave men and women who fought for equality and made America the best country it can be deserve to be recognized,” said Mayor Reiman.

Each Sunday in February, two acclaimed films will be featured at the Thomas J. Deverin Community Center, 100 Cooke Avenue, at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. which highlight the great accomplishments of African Americans who have impacted history. Films include “Marshall” and “Selma” on February 3rd, “Betty and Coretta” and “Remember the Titans” on February 10th, a special traditional African Drumming performance by Victor Marshall and African Storytelling by Yvonne Caesar and the movie “Glory” on February 17th, and “Loving” and “Black Klansman” on February 24th.  

On the final day of Black History Month, February 28th, Carteret presents a special “Art & Story Time” at the Carteret Public Library from 6 pm – 7 pm featuring three amazing stories by black authors and illustrators celebrating black history. Featured stories include “Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales” by Julius Lester and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, “Dave The Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave” by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Bryan Collier, and “A Chair for My Mother,” which is written and illustrated by Vera B. Williams. After the stories, participants will have the opportunity to use clay and water color to create their own works of art.

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