Celebrating Black History Month
February marks Black History Month, also known as African American History Month. It is recognized internationally, where we celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans throughout history and today. There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate this month, from attending an event, and supporting local businesses, to educating yourself and your family on the accomplishments of Black Americans. Below we have listed the many ways you can celebrate!
African History and Cultural Month Flag Raising – City Hall Balcony, 280 Grove St.
On February 1st, 1:30 pm –2:00 pm, the Officeof Cultural Affairs will have an African History and Cultural Flag Raising.
Black History Month Celebration at City Hall
Join Council President Joyce Watterman and the Office of Cultural Affairs for a celebration of Black History Month in City Council Chambers Wednesday, February 1st, 6
– 9 pm with Keynote Speaker Lawrence Hamm.
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The 28th Annual Oratory Contest
The 28th Annual Oratory Contest will begin in honor of Black History Month. Jersey City students can deliver their best renditions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most influential lectures.
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Black History Month Art Celebrate at AndCo – 201 Montgomery St
On Saturday, Feb 25, 2023, from 11 AM-1 PM join AndCo. for a Black History Month celebration of the life of artist Jean Michel Basquiat. You will learn about Basquiat’s unique art and create your art inspired by his dedication to self-expression and equality. For more information and to purchase your ticket, click here.
Supporting Local Businesses
We have put together a comprehensive list of local Black-owned businesses in Jersey City to support this month. We have you covered with restaurants, clothing shops, and more!
Celebrate Jersey City’s Black History
Jersey City has a rich and diverse history of the Afro-American and the Black community. You can uncover each, from Jersey City’s underground railroad to Jersey City’s Roosevelt Stadium. Finally, Home JC has written an incredible essay celebrating Jersey City’s Black History. You can read all about it here.
Black History Documentaries/Movies
Movie night? Get comfy and grab yourself popcorn. We have a list of 22 must watch movies to celebrate Black History Month. This list includes movies from independent studios and some classics recognizing the greatness of Black art and celebrating Black people’s accomplishments in this country.
Black History Month Books to Read to Children
Open family time up with a discussion on Black History Month with your children. Check out this list of exceptional kids’ books to read for Black History Month. The books include important insights highlighting remarkable people, both historical and present-day. Discuss how injustice was and how it continues to be overcome until this day. While looking for books, consider making a trip to your local library or supporting your local bookstore, such as Word Bookstore.