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SAM Celebrates Black History Month

Friday, February 1, 2019 - February 28, 2019

Springfield Avenue, Maplewood

Many SAM businesses hold events, activities and sales in celebration of Black History Month. For a comprehensive list events and activities happening on Springfield Ave, Maplewood throughout the month February visit our website. Be sure to call or visit individual businesses and organizations to confirm dates, times and cost information


Strong Black Women

Friday, February 1, 2019 • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Paint & Chill
1611 Springfield Ave. Maplewood, NJ, 07040

Celebrate Black History month at Paint & Chill by painting a beautiful portrait of a black lady while listening to your favorite artists and singing along. Bring a beverage and a snack of your choice with you and enjoy an evening out with your friends and family. Use code SOMA for 50% off. Only for SOMA residents. Note: This promo code cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts. Thank you!


The Strollers - The Day the Rainbow Broke Up

Friday, February 1, 2019 - Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts 10 Durand Rd. Maplewood, NJ, 07040

The Day the Rainbow Broke Up will take you on a journey full of music, colors, and comedy. This play is not only entertaining to toddlers, but grown-ups as well. The children will get to dance and sing along with the characters while getting up close, creating a fun and intimate atmosphere for everyone in attendance.


Book Club- No Ashes in the Fire

Saturday, February 2, 2019 • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Modern Policing

Monday, February 4, 2019 • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Columbia High School 17 Parker Ave. Maplewood, NJ, 07040


Black History Month Proclamation

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 • 7:30 PM

Maplewood Town Hall 574 Valley St. Maplewood, NJ 07040

The Maplewood Township Committee will issue a proclamation for Black History Month at its February 5th meeting at Town Hall at 7:30 PM.


Celebration of Black Teachers - CHS

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Columbia High School 17 Parker Avenue Maplewood, NJ 07040

Join us as we celebrate the African-American teachers apart of the Columbia High School community.


Public Exhibition: The Art of Cathleen McCoy Bristol

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Public Hallways of the South Orange Village Hall Offices 76 South Orange Ave. South Orange, NJ, 07079

Cathleen McCoy Bristol loves people and it shows in her painting. Believing people are as individual as snowflakes, she has always been fascinated by the variations in the human race. Her enjoyment of cultural differences among people has led her to explore diverse expressions of tradition and beauty. Her ambition is to portray the beauty of all peoples, and that the depth of human beauty is evident in this selection of her works. This is the inaugural exhibition in a new public art space in South Orange, Village Hallways, so named for the public spaces in the South Orange Village Hall offices on the third floor of 76 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079. The exhibition is on view from February 7- March 21, 2019, during business hours, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday- Friday.


Graham Russell Gao Hodges discusses his new book "BLACK New Jersey: 1664 to the Present"

Thursday, February 7, 2019 • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Woodland (parlor) 60 Woodland Rd. Maplewood, NJ, 07040

Professor Hodges will share highlights from his recent book, "BLACK New Jersey: 1664 to the Present" that bring to life generations of courageous men and women who fought for freedom in this state during slavery days and later battled racial discrimination in more recent times. The event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and books will be available for signing and purchase. A special session for Columbia High School Students only is tentatively scheduled earlier the same day. Please call 973-761-6116 to reserve your seat and book at that evening or for an update regarding the student session.


Black Women and Unapologetically Black Poetry - CHS

Friday, February 8, 2019 • 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Columbia High School 17 Parker Ave. Maplewood, NJ, 07040

Join us at the open mic night at Columbia High School. Students, teachers and members in the community will come share their favorite poetry and original poetry of their own.


ELETA J. CALDWELL Artist Reception

Saturday, February 9, 2019 • 2:00 PM  5:00 PM

1978 Maplewood Arts Center 1978 Springfield Ave. Maplewood, NJ, 07040

Eleta Cladwell, a retired principal of Newark Arts High School - The First High School of the arts in the nation- created a body of work which is in the collection of corporations and private individuals. The gallery at Arts High School has been name the Eleta Caldwell Gallery in her honor. Her art has been exhibited on at the Newark Museum, The Studio Museum of Harlem, Jersey City Museum and many other galleries. She unfortunately, passed away on December 13, 2017, but we are proud to present a collection of her work at the 1978 Arts Maplewood Arts Center.

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Art & Music Reception

Saturday, February 9, 2019 • 3:00 PM  4:00 PM

Maplewood Memorial Library 51 Baker St. Maplewood, NJ, 07040

Beverly McCutcheon’s Wallflower Portrait collage series is an interpretation of portraits with a twist and a dash of teenage recollections of trying to become invisible by pretending to blend into the surroundings. Each has its own personality and name, and each exude various emotions that are not distracted from by the inclusion of a visible body.
Live music will be provided by Vernon Crowe and VMusic.
Artist’s talk at 3:20


Kids Speak Out

Saturday, February 9, 2019 • 4:00 PM  5:00 PM

Maplewood Memorial Library 51 Baker St. Maplewood, NJ, 07040

Join us as we celebrate the work of local elementary school students as they speak out about Black History, show off their artwork and read their poetry. Refreshments will be served.


Black History Month Movie Night - "Higher Learning"

Saturday, February 9, 2019 • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Cornbread 1565 Springfield Ave. Maplewood, NJ, 07040

Join us as we dig into a classic, John Singleton's powerful film, Higher Learning. Bring a date and we'll bring the popcorn! We're starting off our first Black History Month Movie Series with a film that will have you ready to ignite change! The movie begins promptly at 8:00 PM. Please arrive earlier if you'd like to order food to enjoy during the feature film.


Celebrate Trayvon Martin's Life and Legacy

Sunday, February 10, 2019 • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Maplewood Senior Center 106 Burnett Ave. Maplewood, NJ, 07040

Please join your friends and neighbors to celebrate the young life of Trayvon Martin a few days after what would have been his 24th birthday. We will have social justice oriented activities, FREE books, crafts and community — as well as pizza and birthday cake.


Sew Your Own Quilt Block

Sunday, February 16, 2019 • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Hilton Branch Library 1688 Springfield Ave. Maplewood, NJ, 07040

For ages 10-15.. In this workshop led by local sewing expert. Ellen Lumpkin Brown, make a quilt block inspired by the little-known history of the black quilting artists of Gee's Bend, Alabama. Register online at or call (973)762-1688. 



Saturday, February 16, 2019 - Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts 10 Durand Rd. Maplewood, NJ, 07040

This coming-of-age story shares the challenges of being a young, Black, female artist in the US while at the same time, entertaining you with toe-tapping song and dance. The cast was chosen from open auditions which drew 100's of applicants in NYC, so you get to see the best! Performances are scheduled for Saturday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm with a talk-back reception from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm in the Burgdorff Community Room facilitated by the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race for ticket holders that Sunday. Admission $20. Students and Seniors $15.


Jazz in the Loft: Greg Bufford presents a Tribute to Billie Holiday

Sunday, February 17, 2019 • 7:00 PM  9:00 PM

South Orange Performing Arts Center Loft 1 Sopac Way South Orange, NJ, 07040

Get your groove on at the Jazz & Blues in the Loft concert series! Hear world-class musicians and vocalists from the region in a cabaret-style setting. Cash bar and snack concessions available. 
Greg Bufford worked as a professional drummer internationally with such names as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Randy Weston, Freda Payne, Dakota Staton, Leslie Uggams, Steve Nelson, Sonny Stitt, Little Jimmy Scott, Sun Ra, Barney Kessel, Mor Thiam Drums of Fire (father of Akon), Vaughan Mason and Crew (the Prince-Rick James Tour).
Tickets are $20. Visit or call (973) 313-2787.


Celebrating the Writings of African American Poets

Thursday, February 21, 2019 • 7:30 PM  9:00 PM

DeHart Community Center 120 Burnett Ave. Maplewood, NJ, 07040 

Join us as we sit in a circle and take turns reading some of the greatest poems by Black poets, as well as by some of the lesser known writers. Whether you are a poetry lover or not, you are sure to be moved by the thoughts of these historical poets and modern ones. Felicia George, Columbia High School graduate, has graciously agreed to read some of her original poems. This evening is guaranteed to be a thought-provoking, enjoyable experience.


Central Park Five Screening & Panel Discussion

Friday, February 22, 2019 • 7:30 PM  10:30 PM

The Woodland 60 Woodland Rd. Maplewood, NJ, 07040

The Central Park Jogger Case is the famous case that involved the assault and rape of the female jogger Trisha Meili. Five juvenile males were wrongfully convicted of this crime and each spent 6-13 years in prison for it. They were convicted in 1990 by juries in two separate trials. Passionate filmmakers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon analyze this case over the years leading up to them releasing their film documentary Central

Panelists for discussion immediately following the film include:

  • Filmmaker Sarah Burns

  • Kevin Richardson one of the wrongly convicted Central Park 5

  • Jennifer Sellitti NJ Office of the Public Defender Director of Training and Communications

  • Christina Swarns, President & Attorney-in-Charge, Office of the Appellate Defender (NY); previously Litigation Director for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.


4th Wall Theatre Presents INTIMATE APPAREL

Friday, February 22, 2019 - Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts 10 Durand Rd. Maplewood, NJ 07040

New York City, 1905: Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to black prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, but Esther longs for a husband and a future. When a long distance relationship leads to heartbreak, Esther must use her gifted hands and her sewing machine to refashion her dreams and make them anew from the whole cloth of her life's experiences. From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Lynn Nottage, 4th Wall Theater Inc. presents Intimate Apparel, based on the real life of Nottage's great-grandmother. This show is recommended for adults only.

"A rich, vivid portrait of turn-of-the-last-century New York; a feminist lament of intelligent, talented women defined and controlled by men; a soft-focus glimpse into the beating hearts behind the archives of African-American life a century ago." - New York Times

Preschool book club Affirming Black Boyhood

Township Committee members will host a book club reading for young children.



Great Ancient African Civilizations

Saturday, February 23, 2019 • 11:00 AM  1:00 PM

Maplewood Memorial Library 51 Baker St. Maplewood, NJ, 07040

Through curated film clips, explore ancient African civilizations. Learn about the empires, people and cultures that have made their mark on history. A discussion will follow, facilitated by Tom Puryear, M.S., an enthusiast in ancient African civilizations and the evolution of mankind. With a special performance by the Maria Priadka School of Dance.
Presented by Maplewood Library and NAACP Oranges and Maplewood Unit. Free and open to the public.


African Rhythms Drum Circle

Thursday, February 28, 2019 • 4:30 PM  5:30 PM

Hilton Branch Library 1688 Springfield Ave. Maplewood, NJ, 07040

Through a welcoming drum circle discover tempo & rhythms while learning about the role of music in African culture. Discover how the drums are an instrument of self-expression and storytelling while emphasizing teamwork. Presented by Arts Horizon. Space is limited. Please arrive on time.

Recommended for ages 8-11


Chef Jesse Jones Talk & Tasting

Thursday, February 28, 2019 • 6:30 PM  8:00 PM

Hilton Branch Library 1688 Springfield Ave. Maplewood, NJ, 07040

Maplewood’s favorite Chef Jesse Jones is loved by locals and celebrities alike for his modern approach to southern cooking, taking traditional dishes and making them his own. He’ll share techniques and tips and talk about his recent demo at the famed Southern Food & Beverage Museum in New Orleans, followed by a tasting of his inspired Seafood Creole Soup.