Newark Public Library celebrates Black History Month with exhibit opening

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Newark Public Library (Jim Henderson photo/Public Domain)
Urban News Staff Reports

The Newark Public Library is celebrating Black History Month with the exhibit The Black Athlete in America  – Protest, Activism and Inclusion opened Feb. 4 and is on display through April 30.

The exhibit is being curated by Newark Public Library Dale E. Colston, Esq and is being displayedJames Brown African American Room. Focusing on Black athletes, the exhibit covering the first Black athletes during slavery through today and highlights Black activism in the sports world.

"Throughout history, the Black athlete’s abilities have afforded these talented few a protected status but almost always with conditions," library officials said. "Many who’ve achieved this distinction have used their unique platforms to call attention to injustice, unfairness, oppression and discrimination. While being lauded for their strength and dexterity, they were often intimidated, threatened with violence or death when they veered outside of the arena to speak, voice an opinion, boycott or take a stand."

Former defensive end for the New York Giants and activist/philanthropist George D. Martin served as guest speaker for the Black History Celebration opening on Feb. 4 

The exhibit is open during normal library hours Monday through Saturday, with free admission. Group visits and more details are readily available from The James Brown African American Room which can be reached at 973-733-5411. To see a full list of all of the Black History Month events at the Newark Public Library go to https://npl.org/2020bhc.

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