NJIT Black History Month Activities Include Films, Music, and Discussions

NEWARK, Feb. 8 - Join students, professors and community residents for a celebration of Black History Month through Feb. 28 at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark. More than a dozen free activities ranging from a Caribbean party to a family technology workshop will be available at the campus, 323 Martin Luther King, Blvd. 

  • Bring in the kids Feb. 9, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., for instruction on exploring 20 useful Internet sites, including Encarta Africana, a CD-ROM encyclopedia of black history. The event takes place at the computer lab (room 39) beneath the NJIT parking deck. A free raffle of computer supplies and a new personal computer (donated by the United Way of Essex and Hudson Counties, Newark, and NJIT) will take place. 
    Gourmet Alert: Save your appetite and head over for a free lunch, Feb.12, of authentic African soul foods in the Hazell Center Lounge, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bad Hair Day? See eight large cloth creations of artist and NJIT employee Ujima Kuumba Majied, who uses a diverse collection of straightening combs and curling irons invented by Madam C.J. Walker to create patterns, textures and African-American symbols. The exhibit opens Feb.12, with a 6:30 p.m. - 9 p. m. reception in the third floor gallery of the New Jersey School of Architecture and closes March 4.Need a Valentine's gift? Consider a visit to the vendor's fair, Feb. 14, filling the first floor of the Hazell Center lounge. Find children's clothes, leather items, baskets, and assorted arts and crafts.While at the Hazell Center, Feb. 14, head upstairs for a break to meet and take in the work of Newark artist Kayied Zahir. His exhibit, "Manifestations of My Mind," reflects his Newark roots, surroundings, and current state-of-mind. He'll be available to answer questions from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. in the second floor Hazell Center Gallery. The exhibit continues through Feb. 28.Learn more about Africa Feb. 15 (noon - 2 p.m.), in the large John Howard room at the Hazell Center for a showing of "Great Zimbabwe," a feature film.Join playwright, poet and political activist, Amiri Baraka, Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., the Hazell Center ballroom for a roundtable talk about black identity in America.It's a blood and bone marrow drive set for Feb. 21, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., in the Hazell Center gallery, second floor.
     Another feature film, "Wonders of the African World," narrated by Lewis Gates, is on tap for Feb. 22, noon - 2 p.m., Hazell Center, in the large John Howard Room. Steel drums and assorted island dishes will light up the "Caribbean Night" Feb. 23, 7 p.m. - 1 a.m. Hazell Center Ballroom. The party includes native island foods, steel drum music, and dance performances.
     Legendary Men and Women in Music, a musical about African-Americans will be presented by African Globe TheatreWorks, of Newark, Feb. 28, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Hazell Center, the first floor lounge. The performance marks the start of the closing ceremonies. The performances feature the musical numbers and tap dancing routines made famous by prominent artists such as Bessie Smith, Lauren Hill, Bojangles, Sammy Davis Jr., and Gregory Hines. The party continues later that night from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. in the Hazell Center ballroom, and is sponsored by the African Students Association, Caribbean Students Organization, National Society of Black Engineers and Black Association of Student Engineers. 
Contact Talina Knox, NJIT Murray Center for Women in Technology (973-642-4671) or Albert Martinez, assistant director, NJIT Hazell Center (973-596-5641) for more data. 

NJIT, a public research university, enrolls over 8,200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral
students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include 
manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar 
astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science.

According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive years. U.S. News and World Report's 1999 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT among the nation's top universities, and Money magazine's most recent issue of Best College Buys rated NJIT as the sixth best value among U.S. science and technology schools and among the top 100 overall. In September 1999, Mademoiselle ranked NJIT as the second most Internet-connected university in the nation.

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