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Celebrating Black History Month: Local Events

Head to your local library or community center for events honoring African-American heritage.

Local libraries and other venues have scheduled a host of events celebrating and honoring African-American history and culture in recognition of Black History Month. Check out these offerings in southern Monmouth County.

Bradley Beach

Smokey Robinson Tribute Concert: In honor of Black History Month, The Bradley Beach Public Library is hosting an educational/cultural music program: "The Legacy and Music of Smokey Robinson," about one of the primary figures associated with Motown. This performance will take place on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. 

Howell

Celebrate Black History Month at Barnes & Noble: On Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. Barnes & Noble of Howell (Lanes Mill Marketplace, Hwy 9) will have a special children's event. Learn about important African-Americans and enjoy some fun crafts and activities to celebrate African-American history and culture. 

Sea Girt

National Guard Militia Museum of NJ (Sea Girt Ave & Camp Drive, Sea Girt) Presents The First Separate Battalion: New Jersey's African American National Guard Soldiers 1930 - 1940.  The exhibit chronicles the 1st Separate Battalion's history, displays photos taken by Capt. (retired) Spencer C. Moore II a veteran of the Battalion and contributor to the Museum's oral history program and artifacts of the Battlion. The event will take place until Tuesday March 4. The museum's hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. first and second weekends of each month. 732-974-5966. www.state.nj.us/military/museum

West Long Branch

"Klan-Destine Relationships" at Monmouth University: Daryl Davis will give a lecture: “Klan-Destine Relationships" at 6 p.m. Feb. 21.  Davis has stories of KKK rallies and surprise meetings with Klan leaders unaware of his skin color.  Now he has become the recipient of the robes from Klan members who have rescinded their beliefs. As a race relations expert, Davis has received acclaim for his book “Klan-Destine Relationships” and his work in race relations from many respected sources including CNN, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and The American Ethical Union.

This column will run every Monday through the month of February. If you or your organization is hosting an event for Black History Month please send the information to our community editor, Jeanne Crump, at jeanne.m.crump@gmail.com. 

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