Kid friendly special activities and NJ events for Black History Month

Introduce and teach your children about Black History and its importance in our society. It is dedicated to the heritage and achievements of African Americans and people of African descent. The ASALH Black History theme for 2020 is “African Americans and the Vote”, which explores the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote. For things to do with kids, check dates and times for inspirational New Jersey area exhibits below. Check NJ Kids calendar for more events.

Second Sundays - Black History X Black Future At Newark Museum

Sunday, February 9, 2020, 11AM-3PM
FREE with Admission. Registration required. Black History X Black Future At Newark Museum honors the legacy of Black icons and build creative visions for the future. Take part in activities and witness great performances from contemporary talent. Hand-on family fun. Also take the time to explore the many exhibits throughout the museum, one of which is "Arts of Global Africa". 49 Washington St, Newark, NJ, 973.596.6550

The History of Black Churches and the Voting Movement at the Montclair Public Library

Sunday, February 16, 2020, 2PM-5PM
Special family program: Celebrate black churches with performances of spoken word poetry, gospels by the St. Paul Baptist Church Mass Choir of Montclair, spiritual hymns by Jacquelyn Graham, and a performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” 50 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ.

Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement at the Montclair Public Library

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 2PM-3PM
For children in grades 3-12. Bright Star Theatre portrays events and heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. Students will learn about American milestones between the years 1955-1968. The Montgomery Bus Boycott, Brown v. Board of Education, Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. come to life through stories and song. 50 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ.

Living History: Black Women and the Suffragist Movement at New-York Historical Society Dimenna Children's History Museum

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 12PM-4PM
FREE with Museum Admission. All ages. Join Historical Interpreters at the New-York Historical Society to learn about organizations like the National Association of Colored Women and leaders like Ida B. Wells, who organized and protested for the rights and freedom of black women in America. 170 Central Park West, New York, NY.

Radical Women Exhibition at The Newark Public Library

Through December 31, 2020
This exhibition at the Newark Public Library commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which legally granted American women the right to vote. Learn about courageous New Jersey women who decided to challenge the restrictions and fought for their rights. 5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ.

The Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center

Legends of Motown: Celebrating The Supremes - on display through Sun, Apr. 26, 2020, the exhibit features rare photographs from the personal collection of Mary Wilson; concert posters; tour books, fan memorabilia; and an assortment of performance gowns. Ongoing exhibit - experience touch-screen interactivity and one-of-a-kind film footage for Wyclef Jean, a 3 time Grammy Award winning artist and member of NJ trio, The Fugees. 165 Mulberry Street, Newark, NJ.

African American Heritage Museum Of Southern New Jersey

Ongoing, Wednesday - Sunday
Visit the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey and see exhibits on Stereotypes: Little Black Sambo to Aunt Jemima and Beyond. See Furniture & Fixtures from early African American life, from washboards, to ice boxes to sewing machines and more! The Northside: The Way We Were - memorabilia of African American entertainers. Noyes Arts Garage, 2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ