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The Board of Commissioners will host a series of Black History Month events beginning with a flag-raising ceremony on February 1.

Union County, New Jersey – January 28, 2022 – In recognition of Black History Month 2022, the Union County Board of Commissioners invites the public to a series of events in February highlighting key historical and cultural themes in Black History.

“The course of American history has been defined by the contributions, experiences, and accomplishments of African Americans for more than 400 years. The Board of Commissioners is very proud to provide Union County residents with new opportunities to explore the legacy of the past during Black History Month and to help chart a course for justice and equality into the future,” said Board of Commissioners Chair Rebecca Williams.

The month-long series of events will begin with a Black History Month flag-raising ceremony outside the Union County Courthouse at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 .

The series continues on Wednesday, February 9and, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a virtual lunch-and-learn session titled “Maintaining Our Sanity: Wellness Strategies for Coping During the Pandemic.” With a focus on wellness, the Lunch and Learn will address ways in which African Americans, disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, can learn to cope with the mental and psychological stressors caused by the pandemic and its effects.

Friday, February 18and at 7:00 p.m., the Commissioner Board joins forces with the Town of Rahway to present a live production of the award-winning play Fences, at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway. The event includes the presentation of the annual Chester Holmes Humanitarian Award.

Thursday, February 24and At 6:30 p.m., the Union County Office of Cultural Affairs and Heritage will present a free lecture on Zoom by Professor Keith E. Walcott of Union County College titled “African-American Survival: From Jim Crow to Civil Rights and beyond “. Professor Walcott will trace the ability of African Americans to survive and succeed against the odds.

During Black History Month, the Board of Commissioners also engages in various programs and activities throughout Union County, including an event featuring New Jersey’s 19 Black County elected officials on Wednesday, 4 February.and at Kean University in Union Township. February 4and11andand 18andUnion County social media channels will also feature Black History Month posts created by the “Divine Nine,” historically black sororities and fraternities.

For more information and updates on the Union County Black History Month series, including links to virtual events, visit ucnj.org/black-history-month. Additionally, if you would like to learn more about Black History Month programs, please contact Judith Guest of the Union County Office of Community Engagement and Diversity at [email protected] or at 908-527-4388.

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