Rutgers-Newark Celebrates Black History Month

Feb. 4

Black History Month Kickoff
(PRCC Essex Room)

Click here to view the photo gallery from the kickoff highlighting landmark changes in black history at Rutgers University-Newark including, but not limited to, reading of the Proclamation of the occasion by Chancellor Nancy Cantor, keynote address by activist Shaun King, and showcase by all student organizations that belong to the Black Diaspora. Read the full article here.

RU Speed Networking Black Faculty/Staff Edition
(PRCC Essex Room)

The Black Organization of Students (BOS) will host a speed networking event during which students will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with RU-N’s black faculty and staff about their journeys and involvement on campus.

Feb. 6

Reclaiming Black Newark Reception
(PRCC Essex Room)

The LGBTQ and Intercultural Resource Center announces the Reclaiming Black Newark Art Project with a reception featuring a dance performance and panel of speakers, including RU-N faculty and constituents, who will discuss public history and what it means to reclaim public spaces.

Feb. 13

Roll Bounce: 70s, 80s, 90s and Now
(PRCC Essex Room)

This event will allow students to go back in time and dress up in 70s, 80s, 90s and current fashion as they partake in roller skating, which was a popular pastime in the Black culture.


RU-N Live! Faces of Black History Featuring McDonald’s 365 Black
(PRCC Student Street)

This live musical show will acknowledge the contributions of African Americans in America while saluting many well-known celebrities, personalities, and history makers in an entertaining and educational format.

Feb. 16

Marion Thompson Wright Lecture “The Erotic as Power: Sexuality and the Black Experience”
(PRCC Essex Room)

Join us for the 2019 Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series “The Erotic as Power: Sexuality and the Black Experience” on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the Paul Robeson Campus Center. This year's annual lecture brings together eminent scholars and performers to examine the political and social lives of the erotic in the African-American experience. The conference is organized by the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers-Newark. (Open to the public)

Feb. 18

Mural Unveiling
(PRCC Student Street)

The RU-N community gathers for the unveiling of RU-N alumna Andrea Cassar’s PRCC Student Street mural.  Cassar’s vision celebrates our history and the strength that lies in unity.  

Feb. 21

BOSAA Panel Discussion
(15 Washington Street Great Hall)

Hear directly from the liberators of Conklin Hall when the Black Organization of Students Alumni Association (BOSAA) gives insight into the background of events leading up to the takeover. The panel will examine the past and connect to the future in honor of those who helped pave the way for Rutgers-Newark to be the most racially and ethnically diverse national university in the United States for more than 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report. (Free and open to the public) Click here to RSVP

Feb. 22

50th Anniversary Celebration of the 1969 Conklin Hall Movement
(15 Washington Street- Great Hall)

To conclude the 50th anniversary celebration, BOS invites you to a gala in honor of those who helped pave the way by showcasing how far Rutgers University-Newark has come. (Free and open to the public) Click here to RSVP

Feb. 27

Black Women Writing Black Histories
(PRCC Essex Room)

A roundtable discussion featuring dynamic black women historians whose scholarship engages the Black past. This year the focus is on slavery and the panelists are Professors Daina Ramey Berry, Deirdre Cooper Owens, and Sasha Turner, moderated by Melissa Cooper. (Open to the public)


Black History Month Events at Rutgers-Newark

Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum AmericaBirthright Citizens
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019

Center for Law and Justice
Rutgers Law School




Party Boi ParTy Boi Screening

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

The Newark Public Library (1st Floor Meeting Room)

The documentary takes a peek into the world of crystal meth addiction within LGBTQ communities of color. Dr. Halkitis will lead a discussion with the film's director.



Birth of a Movement Documentary Screening

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00pm 

Paul Robeson Campus Center




  Smithsonian Channel & Altice Screening - The Green Book: Guide to Freedom

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Paul Robeson Campus Center



Black History Month Events in Newark 


Hip Hop Dance Master Class with Ana "Rokafella" Garcia at NJPAC!

Saturday, Feb. 2
NJPAC Center for Arts Education




Newark Public Library

  Black History Month StorytimeBlack History Month Storytime 

Tuesday, Feb. 5
Clinton Branch Library




African American Day FestivalAfrican American Day Festival

Saturday, Feb. 16
Newark Public Library





Grammy Museum 

Whitney! Grammy Museum Experience

Tuesday, Jan. 22-Thursday, Feb. 28
Prudential Center





Newark Museum

Black History Celebration. The World is Yours. Hip Hop: Newark and Beyond

Multiple Events
Thursday, Feb. 7-Tuesday, Apr. 30

Newark Public Library




Robert Treat Hotel

NAAAHR Black History Brunch & Learn

Saturday, Feb. 9
Robert Treat Hotel

Join NAAAHR New Jersey on Saturday, Feb. 9, as we celebrate Black History Month by welcoming Dr. Maurice A. Stinnett to our first quarterly Brunch & Learn of the year.


Grace Church 

This Little Light of Mine: A Concert in Celebration of Black History Month

Sunday, February 24, 2019
5:00pm to 7:00pm