NEWARK — Due to more inclement weather predicted for this weekend, the Newark Public Library has postponed its Saturday, Feb. 5 Black History month program featuring Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams of New Jersey City University. Dr. Ellis Williams was slated to speak about Dr. Lee Hagan for whom the NJCU’s Africana Studies Center is named from noon to 2 p.m. at the Main Library. The rescheduled program will be announced.
The Newark Public Library is commemorating Black History Month 2011 with two exhibits, a teach-in and performances that celebrate the exuberance, grace and innovation of black dance, from its origins in African villages to its incorporation into mass culture and Broadway musicals.
The dance styles were carried over in slave ships, became fused with European influences in the South, and flowered into new and unexpected variations. That progression is explored in this year’s salute, We Are a Dancing People: The History of Black Dance From Then Until Now.
Curated by Sandra L. West, an associate in the Library’s James Brown African-American Room, the exhibit is paired with a photographic display, The Art of Dance, by photographer/collagist Mansa K. Mussa. Both shows are in the Main Library, 5 Washington Street, and will run through March 15. To schedule guided tours of the exhibition, call 1-973-733-5411.
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