ATLANTIC CITY — The Atlantic City Free Public Library (ACFPL) will celebrate February as Black History Month by offering special programs for people of all ages throughout the month. Additionally, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is hosting a series of free and open-to-the-public events to honor Black History Month, beginning with a Symposium on African Americans in the Civil War on Tuesday, Feb, 5, at the Stockton College Campus Center Theater.
The ACFPL will present its photo exhibit “The Atlantic City Experience: Magic of Kentucky Avenue” at a grand opening Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30pm in the Main Library (1 N. Tennessee Ave.) meeting room. The exhibit will feature approximately 40 images from the library’s Atlantic City Heritage Collections.
African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey founder Ralph E. Hunter Sr. will discuss the library’s exhibit, which will highlight popular Kentucky Avenue venues such as Club Harlem, the Paradise Club, and Alan Theatre. Hunter will share his memories — and the public is welcome to share theirs — about the entertainment, people and places that made Kentucky Avenue such a hot spot.
The public can also view this exhibit in the library meeting room from 1-3pm Feb. 7-8, and 9:30am-noon Feb. 9. Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information. The library has also scheduled the following programs for Black History Month:
Children’s Book Club at 3pm on Feb. 2 and 16 — Participants will read “Dear America: A Picture of Freedom” by Patricia McKissack. Any child who joins receives a free copy of the book. Refreshments and crafts are included. Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, to register. This program is for children ages 8-11.
Comic Book Drawing Lessons at 3:30pm on Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 — Marvel Comics illustrator Joe Del Beato will teach children ages 9-17 how to draw African-American characters who have been featured in comics, cartoons and graphic novels. Supplies are provided. Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.
Betcha Can’t Eat Just One at 3:30pm on Feb. 8 — People of all ages are invited to a potato chip-tasting event. The tasting will be held in recognition of George Crum, an African-American who invented the potato chip. Participants will vote for their favorites following a reading of “George Crum and the Saratoga Chip.” Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.
Everyone in attendance agreed that the talent was spectacular and often informative, and we’re all looking forward to next year’s event.
One of the best documentaries I watched last month was entitled 'More Than a Month' by Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a film student at Columbia University.
A list of Black History Month related events in the Atlantic City region.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library will offer a series of special programs in February to celebrate Black History Month. The programs include a month-long exhibit called “A Pictorial of Club Harlem and the Way We Were,” which will highlight, through photos and memorabilia, the legendary A.C. club and the local African-American community during the mid-1900s. The grand opening for the exhibit, presented in conjunction with the African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey (AAHMSJ), will be held Monday, Feb. 1, 6pm, in the library’s second-floor meeting room (1 N. Tennessee Ave.) in A.C. The exhibit is free and will remain open for public viewing during normal library business hours. Guest speakers will include AAHMSJ founder Ralph E. Hunter Sr. and former Club Harlem dancer Pattie Harris. “Since I started here in Feb. 2006 we’ve always done a lot for Black History Month, and this is at least the third straight year we’re honored to have Ralph Hunter as part of the exhibit,” says A.C. Library public...