Betye Saar and the Black Arts MovementAdult Events 10/14/2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
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The Black Arts Movement (BAM) of the 1960s and 70s sought to redefine the image of Black people. Their art emphasized racial pride, self-determination and political activism. Explore the art of legendary BAM artists Betye Saar and Faith Ringgold, icons of 20th century art.Click here for more details...
Best Years Book ClubAdult Events 10/15/2019, 2:00 PM Main Library – Isabel Rose Café
Join us for a discussion of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert.
“This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai’i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place—and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.”–publisher
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Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and ReconciliationAdult Events 10/15/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Race remains a potent and divisive force in our society. Whether it is the shooting of minority people by the police, the mass incarceration of people of color, or the recent KKK rallies that have been in the news, it is clear that the scars from the United States’ histories of slavery and racial discrimination run too deep to simply be ignored. But what are the most productive ways to deal with the toxic and torturous legacies of American racism?
The book Slavery’s Descendants brings together contributors who are members of a national racial reconciliation organization called Coming to the Table, to tell their stories of dealing with America’s racial past through their experiences and their family histories. Some are descendants of slaveholders, some are descendants of the enslaved, and many are descendants of both slaveholders and the enslaved. What they all have in common is a commitment toward collective introspection, and a willingness to think critically about how the nation’s histories of oppression continue to ripple into the present, affecting us all.
About the presenters:
Dionne Ford is author of the memoir Finding Josephine, forthcoming from Putnam. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, LitHub, More, Rumpus and Ebony among other publications and won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. A 2018 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing, she lives in New Jersey with her family.
Jill Strauss, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College CUNY where she teaches conflict resolution and communications. Her research involves the arts and restorative practices, analysis of narratives of difficult or contested histories, memory, and reconciliation. Her doctorate is from Ulster University in Northern Ireland where she lived while doing her research and fieldwork and she is a Fulbright Scholar.
This program is part of the 400 Years of Inequality series and is co-sponsored by the Undoing Racism Committee of the The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair.
Senior Space WednesdaysAdult Events 10/16/2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Main Library – Senior Space (1st Floor)
The United Methodist Communities at PineRidge of Montclair, in collaboration with MPL and AngelaCARES, hosts a resource center for seniors in the library’s Senior Space. PineRidge of Montclair and AngelaCARES equip the space with resources and programs aimed at enriching the lives of local seniors. Senior Space programming takes place every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.
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Every Wednesday MatineeAdult Events 10/16/2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
On Wednesdays at 2 pm, Montclair Public Library hosts The Every Wednesday Matinee, a film series presented in its auditorium. In October 2019 we will be watching Hispanic Heritage movies. The movies are as follows:
La Bamba (October 2) – Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosana De Soto, Elizabeth Peña.The biographical story of Ritchie Valens and his rise from field laborer to a famous rock and roll singer who died tragically at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. (1986, 108 minutes, Color).
Stand & Deliver (October 9) – Starring: Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rosana De Soto, Andy Garcia. A math teacher at East Los Angeles’ Garfield High School, who refuses to write off his inner-city students as losers, pushes and inspires 18 students who were struggling with math to become math whizzes. (1998, 103 minutes, Color).
Like Water for Chocolate (October 16) Starring: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torne. Tita can never marry because of her mother’s upholding of the family tradition: instead must take care of her mother until she dies. Tita is only able to express herself when she cooks. (1994, 105 minutes, Color).
Selena (October 23) Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos. About the life and career of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, a recording artist well known in the Latino communities in the United States and Mexico before she was murdered by the president of her fan club. (1997, 127 Minutes, Color).
Cesar Chavez (October 30) Starring: America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, Michael Pena. The story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. (2014, 102 minutes, Color).
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Citizenship Exam PreparationAdult Events 10/19/2019, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM Main Library – Tower Room (2nd Floor)
Starting on October 12 at 10:30 a.m. the Montclair Public Library will be hosting Citizenship Exam Preparation Classes, presented by JVS.
The classes will cover American History, Civics, and how to fill out Form N400.
The classes will be held over a period of 10 weeks, lasting from October 12 to December 21.
There will be no class on November 30.
***Registration is not required, but you must bring your green card to attend.***Click here for more details...
City of Refuge: Dismal Plantation in the Revolutionary Era Great Dismal SwampAdult Events 10/19/2019, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Part of MPL’s 400 Years of Inequality series. Visit montclairlibrary.org/inequality for more information.
About the speaker:
Marcus P. Nevius is an assistant professor of history at the University of Rhode Island. His scholarship has received the support of a Mellon Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of History and Culture and the support of a research fellowship awarded by the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. He has also published several book reviews in the Journal of African American History.
About the book:
City of Refuge is a story of petit marronage, an informal slave’s economy, and the construction of internal improvements in the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina. The vast wetland was tough terrain that most white Virginians and North Carolinians considered uninhabitable. Perceived desolation notwithstanding, black slaves fled into the swamp’s remote sectors and engaged in petit marronage, a type of escape and fugitivity prevalent throughout the Atlantic world. An alternative to the dangers of flight by way of the Underground Railroad, maroon communities often neighbored slave-labor camps, the latter located on the swamp’s periphery and operated by the Dismal Swamp Land Company and other companies that employed slave labor to facilitate the extraction of the Dismal’s natural resources. Often with the tacit acceptance of white company agents, company slaves engaged in various exchanges of goods and provisions with maroons-networks that padded company accounts even as they helped to sustain maroon colonies and communities.
In his examination of life, commerce, and social activity in the Great Dismal Swamp, Marcus P. Nevius engages the historiographies of slave resistance and abolitionism in the early American republic. City of Refuge uses a wide variety of primary sources-including runaway advertisements; planters’ and merchants’ records, inventories, letterbooks, and correspondence; abolitionist pamphlets and broadsides; county free black registries; and the records and inventories of private companies-to examine how American maroons, enslaved canal laborers, white company agents, and commission merchants shaped, and were shaped by, race and slavery in an important region in the history of the late Atlantic world.
Open Book/Open Mind: Dan Barry in Conversation with Matthew Purdy – THIS LANDAdult Events 10/20/2019, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Dan Barry, a New York Times columnist, will be in conversation about his book THIS LAND: America, Lost and Found, with his Times colleague Matthew Purdy, Deputy Managing Editor. The book is a landmark collection, selected from a decade of his distinctive “This Land” columns and presenting a powerful but rarely seen portrait of America.
“Story to story, this collection of reportage from Dan Barry for The New York Times might appear to be what it is – old journalism. And yet, what is actually here, a decade of stories about crumbling traditions, breaks in trust and flickers of grace, is the most comprehensive single-book portrait of the United States (circa 2007-2016) in a long time. The accumulated power of these pieces – angry, corny, inspiring, mournful and insane – takes on the shape of a salute to durable, keenly observed newspaper writing.”—The Chicago Tribune, 10 Best Books of 2018
The event is free thanks to grants from our Series Sponsors, Investors Bank and The Montclair Foundation. Please register below to reserve a seat. Watchung Booksellers will have copies of the book for sale and signing at the end of the event.Click here for more details...