Rutgers-Newark Celebrates Black History Month

 

1970: Rep. Shirley Chisholm Speaks at First RU-N Commencement in Newark

On June 3, 1970, Rutgers University-Newark held its first commencement exercises in Newark. The commencement address was delivered by the Honorable Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. The theme of that commencement was peace.


1996: RU-N Professor Emeritus George Walker Becomes first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music

RU-N Professor Emeritus George Walker was unanimously awarded for his work "Lilacs" by a Pulitzer Prize jury in 1996. His body of work included more than 90 compositions. Dr. Walker served as a professor at Rutgers-Newark from 1962-1992, where he served as chairman of the music department for several years. (Special thanks to Dana Library and Atlantic Records for images and music.)

 

 Dr. Jacqueline Mattis is the first African American Dean of the Rutgers University-Newark School of Arts and Sciences. Her research focuses on religion and spirituality in the lives of African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans and the factors associated with positive psychological and psychosocial development of urban-residing African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans.

 

Rutgers-Newark Black History: Charles Menifield, First SPAA African American Dean

Dr. Charles Menifield is the first African American Dean of the Rutgers-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration. His research focuses on budgeting & financial management, public health & welfare, and policing.

 

Taja-Nia Henderson, First Female GSN African American Dean

Dr. Taja-Nia Henderson is the first Black woman to serve as a Dean at any of the schools comprising Rutgers University-Newark.


EVENTS

41st Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series

Saturday, February 20, 2021
9:30 AM

The 41st Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, One Begins Again: Organizing & the Historical Imagination will be held online on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 9:30 A.M. EST. Alicia Garza, Bill Fletcher Jr., and Cara Page, each in important ways, speak about organizing as a means to healing generations of society-wide injustice.

 

 

For HASAR events, please access Instagram IGTV function on the HASAR Instagram at @HASAR_newark

For OAS Africa Week, please access the OAS Instagram @OASRutgers for direct links to events.

 

 


 

February 10 

How It Feels To Be Free: A Conversation with Ruth Feldstein and Naomi Extra
6 pm - 7pm

Register at https://go.rutgers.edu/ToBeFree to receive Zoom link.

 

 

 

Generational Wealth
Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/95097836856?pwd=cDQ3ZjZUYWFtSFd6MTBSamsyNFEwZz09

Meeting ID: 950 9783 6856
Passcode: #BLK
Sponsored by Black Organization of Students
Instagram: @run_bos

 

February 11

The RAI Goes to the Movies: Daughters of the Dust (1991, dir. Julie Dash)
2 pm
Zoom

Register here

 

 

 

 

February 12

Valentine’s Day Matchmaker
All Day
Sponsored by Haitian Association of Students at Rutgers-Newark
Instagram: @hasar_newark

 

February 15

Activism and the Activist
4:30pm - 5:30pm

Register at https://go.rutgers.edu/activism for the Zoom meeting room.

 

 

 

 

 

PSEG True Diverstiy Film Series
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for the next PSEG True Diversity Film screening at NJPAC, when we’ll look at the role that education plays in advancing — and denying — justice to children of color.

 

 

Movie Night / Africa Week
Zoom
Sponsored by Organization of African Students (OAS)
Instagram: @OASRutgers


 

February 16

AfAm Week Quiz Bowl
2:30pm to 3:30pm

Join us for the AfAm Week Quiz Bowl, a fast-paced game of trivia spanning African and African American, and popular culture.

Show off your knowledge while competing for prizes.

 

 

Afrobeats Dance Class/ Africa Week
Zoom

Sponsored by Organization of African Students (OAS)
Instagram: @OASRutgers

 

February 17

 Whose Cities? Cultural Approaches to (Sub)urban Studies and Race
2:30PM - 3:30pm

Register at https://go.rutgers.edu/WhoseCities to receive Zoom link.

 

 

 

 Neutral Nation: Virtual Art Exhibit and Experience for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 17, 7PM - February 19, 9PM

http://bit.ly/NeutralNationartshow

 

 


BHM General Body Meeting / Africa Week
Zoom
Sponsored by Organization of African Students (OAS)
Instagram: @OASRutgers


Black LGBTQ+ Representation
Zoom

Sponsored by Black Organization of Students
Instagram: @run_bos
 

February 18

Black Inc. / Africa Week
Zoom

Sponsored by Organization of African Students (OAS)
Instagram: @OASRutgers
 

February 19

Black Health / Coronavirus Vaccine
Zoom
Sponsored by Black Organization of Students
Instagram: @run_bos

 

February 22

Black Card Revoked
Sponsored by Haitian Association of Students at Rutgers-Newark
All Day
Instagram: @hasar_newark
 

February 24

Afro-Descendientes
Zoom

Sponsored by Dominican Talks
Instagram: @dominicantalks

February 25

A Conversation on Racialized Police and State Violence
3:30pm

Sponsored by SCJ and SCJ-GSA
Click here to register

 

February 26

Dominican Independence Party
IG Live

6 P.M. – 8 P.M.
Sponsored by Dominican Talks
Instagram: @dominicantalks

 

February 27

DR Party
All Day

Sponsored by Dominican Talks
Instagram: @dominicantalks

 

February

End of Month Celebration
Sponsored by Black Organization of Students
Instagram: @run_bos

Africa Week
Sponsored by Organization of African Students (OAS)
Instagram: @OASRutgers

Black Leader Caucus: A Discussion
Sponsored by Haitian Association of Students at Rutgers-Newark
Instagram: @hasar_newark