College To Hold Black History Month Events

CRANFORD – On Wednesday, Feb. 16, in observation of Black History Month, Union County College will be hosting an a day of events including participation in the 22nd Annual African American Read-In, soul food, an African-American market, and ending with a concert with the Newark Boys Chorus and the North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club, during the 8th Annual Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration. All events will be held on the College’s Cranford campus at 1033 Springfield Avenue and are open to the public.

The day will begin at 10:15 a.m. in the Roy Smith Theater, where members of the College community will participate in the 22nd National African American Read In. This year’s theme is, “The Black Family.” Musical accompaniment will be provided by folksinger Kevin Kane and April Ruffin.


Soul food will be served in the cafeteria, right off the Richel Commons with a large selection of menu choices from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and cafeteria prices will apply.

From 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Victor M. Richel Student Commons will be an African American Market including vendors selling all types of products.

The highlight of the evening, the Annual Dolores Collins Benjamin Memorial Concert, will begin at 7 p.m. when the young, The Newark Boys Chorus, gathers with the veteran, North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club, to perform songs such as “This Little Light of Mine” and “Let There Be Music”.

The day’s events are sponsored by the Union County College Black Student Heritage Organization, Union County College Economics/Government/History Department, and the Union County College Student Government Association.

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