Celebrating Black History Month: Local Events

Head to your local library or community center for events honoring African-American heritage

Local libraries and other venues have scheduled a host of events celebrating and honoring African-American history and culture in recognition of Black History Month. Check out these offerings in Ocean County.


Quilting for Freedom-Drop In Craft: Ocean County Library-Berkeley Branch. Stop in anytime this month to make a drop-in craft. Create a paper quilt square displaying your family name, to be added to our community quilt honoring Black History Month. Learn about freedom quilts and the Underground Railroad. All ages. 

Black History Month Karaoke Celebration: Feb. 28, 6 p.m. Ocean County Library-Berkeley Branch. Sing along with the famous black singers from the ages in a celebration of diversity in music.  Please contact YA Librarian Natalie about song selection. Ages 13-18. Registration required. 


African-American Genealogy in Ocean County: Feb. 29, 7 p.m. Ocean County Library-Lacey Branch. Join in to learn the resources that focus on African-American Genealogies and Histories in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.


Motown Sound with a Musical Performance by Jon Turk: Feb. 28, 2 p.m. Ocean County Library-Manchester Branch, 7 p.m. at Point Pleasant Beach Branch. Sing and dance along and celebrate 50 years of Motown sound with a musical preformance by Jon Turk.

Toms River

Visit Ocean County College for an evening of gospel singers, soloists, praise dancers, and vendors at the12th Annual Gospel Extravaganza on Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m.  This event will be held in the Arts and Community Center Theatre (Building 18), Ocean County College Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.

Admission: $10 adults and $7 students/seniors.  Purchase tickets at the Office of Student Life located in the College Center (Building 15) or call 732-255-0348. 

This column will run every Monday through the month of February. If you or your organization are hosting an event for Black History Month please send the information to our community editor, Jeanne Crump, at jeanne.m.crump@gmail.com.

Da Brickz February 23, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Forget black history month what we need is Da Brickz history month
Joe Stewart February 27, 2012 at 08:13 PM
This gets really old. The days of the black oppression are GONE! Yes, Black people played a part in the history of this country; however, there are no longer and living slaves or slave owners and no one can discriminate legally due to color.. This being said, why do we need the NAACP? Isn't it racist to say that my white daughter cannot apply for a NAACP scholarship....yup. Isn't it racist to have BET television....yup...no one here starting WET television...why? Because all the people that want to keep the race card going would have a cow! Why can black people call themselves the "N" word and its ok....but as soon as a white person says it they are prejudice. I could go on for a long time giving these examples, but the truth is that the pendulum is swinging the opposite direction now. How about getting everyone of every color to start doing some parenting and get the kids off the streets and educated. As a country we need to keep ourselves united as Americans....we all bleed red and we are all the same race...humans.
craig February 27, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Well said Joe
Drivingtoofar February 28, 2012 at 02:59 AM
We do have white version of BET...Fox News
Sean Conneamhe February 28, 2012 at 03:10 AM
"Yes, we are all human beings. 'Races' were invented by governments and corporations to divide and control."


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