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Celebrate Black History Month With The New Jersey Historical Society


Newark, NJ- Jan 29, 2007 Celebrate Black History Month and experience African Diaspora with a series of global programs at The New Jersey Historical Society. All programs will be held at the Historical Society, located at 52 Park Place in Newark, across from Military Park, one-half block from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Join Kofi Ayim on Wednesday, February 7 from 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM for Akan Names of Ghana. Learn about names and the naming ceremonies of the Akan people of Ghana. Names in Ghana often reflect one's relationship within specific tribes.

On Wednesday, February 14 from 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM, join Mary Moses Hunter for A Motherís Love. Hunter started the Donna T. Darrien Memorial Foundation in memory of her daughter who died from Sickle Cell Anemia, a disease that affects millions worldwide. Meet an amazing mother who is dedicated to raising awareness about this serious disease.
Alfa Demmellash, an Ethiopian-born entrepreneur who founded Rising Tide Capital, Inc. in Jersey City, will speak at the Historical Society on Wednesday, February 21 from 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM. Her corporation provides business training and consulting, technical assistance, and access to capital for low and moderate-income entrepreneurs, especially women and minorities.

On Saturday, February 24, meet Frederick Akuffo (Okyeame), a master drummer from Ghana who has performed for world leaders around the globe, for African Talking Drums: A Cultural Tradition. Learn about the African talking drums and drum language with this renowned expert. Families are welcome. There will be a drum-making program for the young so they can practice the cultural traditions of the African Talking Drums. The program will begin at 1:00 PM and end at 2:30 PM. This program is free but reservations are required. Please call 973-596-8500 ext. 234 to save your space.

Join Assemblyman William D. Payne for The Amistad Commission on Wednesday, February 28 from 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM. The Amistad Commission was established in 2002 through legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Payne with the mission of incorporating African American history into the curriculum of New Jersey schools.

About The New Jersey Historical Society

Located in Newark's downtown cultural district, The New Jersey Historical Society is a statewide, nonprofit museum, library, and archives. We collect, preserve and interpret New Jersey's rich and intricate history to the broadest possible audiences. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Library is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

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