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Discussion: Black Activism, Then and Now

2022-02-15 19:00:00 2022-02-15 20:00:00 America/New_York Discussion: Black Activism, Then and Now Virtual

Tuesday, February 15
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2022-02-15 19:00:00 2022-02-15 20:00:00 America/New_York Discussion: Black Activism, Then and Now Attorney Meena Jagannath, the Rev. Lukata Mjumbe, and scholar Shana L. Redmond discuss Black activism, past and present, in a conversation moderated by Derecka Purnell, a lawyer, writer and organizer. Virtual

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Attorney Meena Jagannath, the Rev. Lukata Mjumbe, and scholar Shana L. Redmond discuss Black activism, past and present, in a conversation moderated by Derecka Purnell, a lawyer, writer and organizer.

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In honor of Black History Month, join us for a virtual discussion centered around the theme of Black activism in historical and contemporary perspective. How have previous generations of Black activists shaped activism today? What connections can we draw between Black activism at the local, national, and international level? Using famed Princeton resident Paul Robeson as one of several anchors to explore these questions and others, the conversation will consider past, present, and future trends of protest, resistance, and organization in the fight against racism. The program will feature Meena Jagannath, Rev. Lukata Mjumbe, and Shana L. Redmond in conversation with moderator Derecka Purnell. An audience Q&A will follow the speakers' conversation.

Meena Jagannath is Director of Global Programs at Movement Law Lab. Prior to coming to the Lab, Jagannath co-directed the Community Justice Project, Inc., a Miami-based movement lawyering organization supporting campaigns for racial justice and human rights. She is a movement lawyer with an extensive background in activism and international human rights, including work in Haiti and Guatemala. While in Miami, Jagannath used her legal skills to build the power of movements locally in South Florida around workers rights, housing, gentrification and police brutality. She has also brought to bear her international human rights expertise in delegations to the United Nations to elevate U.S.-based human rights issues like police accountability in Ferguson and Miami as well as Stand Your Ground laws to the international level. Jagannath received her J.D from the University of Washington School of Law, where she was a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar. She also holds a Master's degree in International Affairs (Human Rights) from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a B.A. in International Relations and Peace and Justice Studies from Tufts University.

The Reverend Lukata Mjumbe is the Pastor of the historic Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church of Princeton, NJ. Witherspoon Street’s longest serving Pastor was the Reverend William Drew Robeson and the father of Paul Robeson. Like father and son, Reverend Mjumbe is a deeply committed advocate and organizer, talented theater artist and respected scholar committed to the radical transformation and salvation of oppressed communities and marginalized people. He is a high honors Political Science graduate of Morehouse College and Princeton Theological Seminary in Religion & Society (M.Div., Th.M). He also serves as the Faith Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12).

Derecka Purnell is a lawyer, organizer, and author of "Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom." She works to end police and prison violence by providing legal assistance, research, and training in grassroots organizations through an abolitionist framework. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Purnell co-created the COVID-19 Policing Project at the Community Resource Hub for Safety Accountability to track police arrests, harassment, citations and other enforcement through public health orders related to the pandemic. She received her JD from Harvard Law School, her BA from the University of Missouri- Kansas City, and studied public policy and economics at the University of California- Berkeley as a Public Policy and International Affairs Law Fellow. Her writing has been published widely, including in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Boston Review, Teen Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar. Purnell has lectured, studied, and strategized around social movements across the United States, The Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Australia. She is currently a columnist at The Guardian, a Margaret Burroughs Fellow for the Social Justice Initiative’s Portal Project at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Scholar-in-Residence at Columbia Law School.

Shana L. Redmond, Ph.D. (she/her), is a scholar and continuing student of the Black Radical Tradition. She is the author of "Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora" (2014) and "Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson" (2020), which, among other accolades, received a 2021 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. She is President-Elect of the American Studies Association and Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race at Columbia University.


This program is presented in partnership with the Pace Center for Civic Engagement at Princeton University and the Paul Robeson House of Princeton and made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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EVENT TYPE: | Lectures & Presentations | Civic Life |

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Thu, Jul 07, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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Fri, Jul 08, 9:45am - 12:00pm
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Fri, Jul 08, 2:30pm - 3:15pm
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Fri, Jul 08, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Hinds Plaza
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Sat, Jul 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Princeton Public Library - Story Room
Join us for a special edition story time about the underwater world.

Sun, Jul 10, 4:00pm - 5:15pm
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Stay Tuned performs their unique brand of Garage Pop on Hinds Plaza for the Summer 2022 edition of the library's popular Listen Local Series.

Mon, Jul 11, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Library staff showcase some great recent and notable book titles to add to your to-be-read list, offer personalized book recommendations and more. Registration required through PSRC.
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Mon, Jul 11, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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Poets read from works in progress and receive constructive peer feedback at these twice-monthly virtual sessions.

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Mon, Jul 11, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
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The group discusses "Suburban Dicks" by Fabian Nicieza.

Tue, Jul 12, 10:00am - 11:00am
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Social media strategist Aliya Hammond teaches how to manage an effective Facebook page for your business.
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Tue, Jul 12, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Princeton Public Library - Community Room
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Tue, Jul 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Off-Site - Princeton Shopping Center
This interactive event features books, songs, rhymes and movement for kids of all ages, accompanied by an adult.

Tue, Jul 12, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Tech Center
Members of the Princeton Macintosh Users Group help resolve questions about Apple devices. Drop in at any time during this session.

Tue, Jul 12, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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Children ages 4-8 are invited to participate in some fun, self-guided activities that reflect our Summer Reading theme, Oceans of Possibilities.

Tue, Jul 12, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
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Tue, Jul 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Wed, Jul 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Princeton Public Library - Story Room
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement for children up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult.

Wed, Jul 13, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Community Room
Two episodes of the acclaimed British TV show "Queens of Mystery" will be screened, and tea and biscuits will be served, on Wednesday afternoons in July and August.

Wed, Jul 13, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Princeton Public Library
Children ages 4-8 are invited to participate in some fun, self-guided activities that reflect our Summer Reading theme, Oceans of Possibilities.

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Thu, Jul 14, 7:15am - 8:30pm
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Thu, Jul 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Princeton Public Library - Story Room
This interactive, in-person story time features books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement for children 2 years and up, accompanied by an adult.

Thu, Jul 14, 10:30am - 11:30am
Off-Site - Princeton Shopping Center
Share what you're reading to complete this year's Adult Summer Reading program.

Thu, Jul 14, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Practice your English speaking skills with others during conversation facilitated by a volunteer on Google Meet. Please register in advance.

Thu, Jul 14, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Princeton Public Library
Children ages 4-8 are invited to participate in some fun, self-guided activities that reflect our Summer Reading theme, Oceans of Possibilities.

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Off-Site - Princeton Shopping Center
Rock 'n' roll cover band Kindred Spirit performs favorites from the '60s through today. Part of the Summer Night Series at the Princeton Shopping Center. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Fri, Jul 15, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Community Room
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Fri, Jul 15, 7:30pm - 9:45pm
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Library staff present some fun activities followed by Palmer Square's screening of the Disney film "Encanto."

Sat, Jul 16, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Community Room
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Sun, Jul 17, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Tech Center
Drop in any time during this program to help review and verify the transcribed 1950 census to increase access to these historical records.

Mon, Jul 18, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
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Mon, Jul 18, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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Tue, Jul 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Off-Site - Princeton Shopping Center
This interactive event features books, songs, rhymes and movement for kids of all ages, accompanied by an adult.

Tue, Jul 19, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Tech Center
Members of the Princeton Macintosh Users Group help resolve questions about Apple devices. Drop in at any time during this session.

Tue, Jul 19, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Teen Center
Rising fifth to ninth graders are invited to learn the basics of debate and public speaking (and gain confidence) through fun and interactive activities.
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Tue, Jul 19, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Princeton Public Library - Tech Center
Learn the best practices for the development of web and blog sites. In person in the Tech Center.

Tue, Jul 19, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Princeton Room
All Mercer County residents are eligible for this photo ID card, which provides the cardholder's personal identifying information, medical risk factors and emergency contact information.
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Tue, Jul 19, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Princeton Public Library - Community Room
Musicians and composers present collaborative and original compositions developed during the Sō Percussion Summer Institute.

Tue, Jul 19, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Writers receive constructive feedback at these twice-monthly group sessions during which participants read passages from a work in progress and members offer suggestions.
Registration opens Wednesday, July 6 2022 at 9:00am

Wed, Jul 20, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual - Zoom
Discover the wide array of tools, gadgets and apps that can be helpful while hiking or camping.

Wed, Jul 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Princeton Public Library - Story Room
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement for children up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult.

Wed, Jul 20, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Princeton Public Library - Tech Center
This 6-week series will give attendees the skills and confidence needed to navigate the internet and computer applications.

Wed, Jul 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Teen Center
Rising fifth to ninth graders are invited to learn the basics of debate and public speaking (and gain confidence) through fun and interactive activities.
Register

Wed, Jul 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Community Room
The story of a young fish who yearns for adventure is told in this charming, original musical play.

Wed, Jul 20, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Virtual - Google Meet
Practice your English speaking skills with others during conversation facilitated by a volunteer on Google Meet. Please register in advance.

Wed, Jul 20, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Virtual - Zoom
The library Board of Trustees will meet via electronic means.

Thu, Jul 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Princeton Public Library - Story Room
This interactive, in-person story time features books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement for children 2 years and up, accompanied by an adult.

Thu, Jul 21, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Teen Center
Rising fifth to ninth graders are invited to learn the basics of debate and public speaking (and gain confidence) through fun and interactive activities.
Register

Thu, Jul 21, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Virtual - Google Meet
Practice your English speaking skills with others during conversation facilitated by a volunteer on Google Meet. Please register in advance.

Thu, Jul 21, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Off-Site - Princeton Shopping Center
The Philadelphia-based Americana blues duo performs covers and some original music. Part of the Summer Nights series at the Princeton Shopping Center. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Thu, Jul 21, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
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The author discusses his new book, "Laboratories against Democracy: How National Parties Transformed State Politics," with Princeton University political scientist Corrine McConnaughy. Virtual only.
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Fri, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Community Room,Teen Center
Rising fifth to ninth graders are invited to learn the basics of debate and public speaking (and gain confidence) through fun and interactive activities.
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Fri, Jul 22, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Hinds Plaza
Members of Central Jersey Dance demonstrate basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds on Hinds Plaza, weather permitting; or Community Room.

Mon, Jul 25, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual - Google Meet
Mike Griffith offers a generative poetry workshop. Participants will write and share the first draft of a new poem based on provided prompts.
Registration opens Tuesday, July 12 2022 at 9:00am

Tue, Jul 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Off-Site - Princeton Shopping Center
This interactive event features books, songs, rhymes and movement for kids of all ages, accompanied by an adult.

Tue, Jul 26, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Princeton Room
All Mercer County residents are eligible for this photo ID card, which provides the cardholder's personal identifying information, medical risk factors and emergency contact information.
Register

Tue, Jul 26, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Off-Site - Historical Society of Princeton
Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner discusses and signs copies of her new book, "The Summer Place" at this ticketed event at the Historical Society of Princeton's Updike Farmstead.
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Wed, Jul 27, 10:00am - 10:15am
Virtual - YouTube
Join guest readers from YingHua International School as they share storytime in Mandarin Chinese. For ages 3 and up, depending on Chinese proficiency level.

Wed, Jul 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Princeton Public Library - Story Room
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement for children up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult.

Wed, Jul 27, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Princeton Public Library - Tech Center
This 6-week series will give attendees the skills and confidence needed to navigate the internet and computer applications.

Wed, Jul 27, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Princeton Public Library - Community Room
Two episodes of the acclaimed British TV show "Queens of Mystery" will be screened, and tea and biscuits will be served, on Wednesday afternoons in July and August.

Wed, Jul 27, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Virtual - Google Meet
Practice your English speaking skills with others during conversation facilitated by a volunteer on Google Meet. Please register in advance.

Thu, Jul 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Princeton Public Library - Story Room
This interactive, in-person story time features books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and movement for children 2 years and up, accompanied by an adult.

Thu, Jul 28, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Virtual - Google Meet
Practice your English speaking skills with others during conversation facilitated by a volunteer on Google Meet. Please register in advance.

Thu, Jul 28, 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Princeton Public Library - Community Room
Drop-in activities and crafts for children 7 years old and older are presented by our teen volunteers who will transform the Community Room into the lost city of Atlantis.

Thu, Jul 28, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Off-Site - Princeton Shopping Center
The DSB plays a repertoire of rock 'n' roll, soul, funk, rhythm and blues, disco, alternative music and top hits across the decades. Part of the Summer Nights series at the Princeton Shopping Center.

Sun, Jul 31, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Off-Site - Community Park North/Pettoranello Gardens
The Hudson Shakespeare Company presents the second of the summer’s two Shakespeare in the Park performances at the Community Park North Amphitheater.

Mon, Aug 01, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Zoom
Library staff showcase some great recent and notable book titles to add to your to-be-read list, offer personalized book recommendations and more. Registration required through PSRC.
Register

Mon, Aug 01, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Google Meet - meet.google.com/aet-vjgt-gvp
Practice your English speaking skills with others during conversation facilitated by a volunteer on Google Meet. Please register in advance.