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Camden County Library Celebrates African American History Month

Martin Luther King, Jr.Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech is the subject a special program at the South County Branch of the Camden County Library System, one of many events planned to celebrate African American History Month by the library.] (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Events set at five branches; four programs at Riletta L. Cream Ferry Ave. Branch

VOORHEES, NJ – Jan. 19, 2017 – The Camden County Library System will celebrate African American History Month with a number of special programs, film festivals and activities at five branch locations during February.


Gloucester Township:


Black History Month Celebration

Grades K - 3

Wednesday, February 1, 4 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month with stories and activities.


Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch, (on the Rutgers campus):


Celebrate African American Heritage

Ages 12 - 18

Wednesday, February 1, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

To celebrate participants will listen to different genres of music, watch motivational speeches, discuss African American artists and leaders who inspire others, and browse the branch’s Young Adult African American Collection.


African American Film Festival

Ages 18 and up

Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 12:30 p.m.

See new or classic films that celebrate and explore the Black experience.


Dinner and a Movie Celebrates

Black History Month

Ages 12 and under

Thursday, February 16, 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy a simple supper and watch a great movie on the big screen.


Riletta L. Cream Ferry Avenue Branch:


African American Film Festival, Thursdays, 3 p.m.:


February 2

“Lean on Me” 1989, starring Morgan Freeman

February 9

“Love and Basketball” 2000, starring Omar Epps

February 16

“The Color Purple” 1985, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover

February 23

“Ray” 2004, starring Jamie Foxx

George Crum and the Saratoga Chip

Ages 6 - 12

Friday, February 10, 3:30 p.m.

As part of Black History Month, learn about African-American chef George Crum, who is credited with inventing potato chips. Potato chip taste-testing follows the story.


A Taste of African Heritage Cooking Class
Saturdays, Feb. 11, 18, 25, March 4, Times vary by date – see below
The African Heritage Diet is a way of eating based on the healthy food traditions of people with African roots. This healthy way of eating is powerfully nutritious and delicious, and naturally meets the guidelines experts recommend for supporting good health. People who sign up for this program are requested to attend all four sessions.

February 11, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 pm
February 18, 2:30 pm-4:30pm
February 25, 1:00-3:00 pm
March 4, 1:30-3:30pm


Hip-Hop Jazz Musicology,

Wednesday, February 15, 3:30 p.m.

All ages

Learn the history of African-American music from its roots in Africa to modern day hip-hop. Featuring multi-instrumentalist musician Ali Richardson.




Black History Month Story Time

All Ages

Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month with stories and special guests!



South County:


‘I Have a Dream’ Open Mic Night

Friday, February 17, 6:30 p.m.

Ages 9 and up

I Have a Dream! What is yours? Be inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech by writing your own speech. Starting Jan. 17, stop by the library and read King’s speech. Then collect a speechwriting kit while supplies last. On Friday, February 17, we will have an Open Mic Night where people can read their speech or have it read by a friend. Audience members can vote for their favorite speech. Prizes will be awarded.


Registration for any event is available online at or by calling the local branch.






Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Bellmawr, Camden, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees.   The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.