FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 27, 2016
Contact: Helen Walker
(TRENTON, NJ) – An awesome collaboration of learning, culture, arts and exploration is underway to commemorate and celebrate African American History Month throughout Mercer County.
The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County (TAACC) is pleased to promote the ever evolving vision of the festival that has led to the creation of an even larger, more inclusive entity to serve the residents of Mercer County and beyond. In the spring of 2016, the Trenton African American Cultural Festival organization, along with community based support and sponsorship, evolved into the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County. As a result, multiple events occurred during the spring and summer in Downtown Trenton, Princeton and the surrounding areas.
In efforts to continue expansion through partnerships, a series of events have been organized in conjunction with the Mercer County Library System and Trenton Free Public Library to bring awareness and collective celebration opportunities for all ages during the month of February in honor of African American History Month.
The following comprise the schedule for the month of February. All events are FREE to the public. Registration is required for some due to limited seating.
Saturday, February 11, 2017 Hidden Figures Featured Book Discussion and Actor Scenes
Join the Trenton Free Public Library and The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County in recognition of African American History Month! Our community is reading “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly, soon to be a movie! Our U.S. space program may not have gotten off the ground were it not for a group of black women. Recruited to work for NASA during World War II, these remarkable black female mathematicians quietly changed the game for space travel. Borrow the book in our library…or watch the actors at the library. Join our discussion from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – African American History Youth Event
Join the Trenton Free Public Library and the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County in celebration of African American History Month for our Youth Event! African Drums, Poets and Dance Performances followed by Q & A! Join us from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a youth inspired experience of fun and culture. For more information, please contact Sarah Powell, Youth Services Librarian at 609-392-7188.
Sunday, February 19, 2017 – Don Evans Players Performing “LIFTing Every Voice” Skit
Join the Mercer County Library System, Hickory Corner Branch and the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County for afternoon of inspiration. The Don Evans Players, a volunteer community theater group named after the late Trenton off-Broadway playwright, will be doing a short skit entitled “LIFTing Every Voice.” The skit is an interpretation of the Black national anthem through song, poetry and improvisation directed and created by Todd Evans. Please join us at 2:00 p.m. for this presentation. Register by calling 609-448-1330.
Sunday, February 26, 2017 – Jazz Sunday featuring the Bob Smith Trio
Join the Mercer County Library System, Ewing Branch and the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County in celebration of African American History Month! Sunday Jazz celebration featuring the Bob Smith Trio! Jazz and Blues starting at 2:00 p.m. Seating is limited. Registration is required. Call 609-882-3148.