Celebrate Black History Month

SAM is proud be a longstanding participant in Maplewood’s Black History Month Celebrations.

Below is look back at past Black History Month events on SAM. Check back in late January for a look at 2020 events and activities.

Business Address Phone Web Address Event Date Black History Month – Event and Promotion Details
Paint & Chill 1611 Springfield Avenue 917-740-2306 www.paintandchill.com Friday, February 1, 2019
7:00 PM 10:00 PM
Celebrate Black History month at Paint & Chill by painting a beautiful portrait of a black lady while listening to your favorite artists and singing along. Bring a beverage and a snack of your choice with you and enjoy an evening out with your friends and family. Use code SOMA for 50% off. Only for SOMA residents. Note: This promo code cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts.
Express Yourself Studios 1877 Springfield Avenue 973-763-5256 www.expressyourselfstudiosllc.com/ Saturdays, February 2, 9, 16 and 23 Enjoy a special Black History Month lesson in art exploring different African-American Master Artists. This program is offered as part of Express Yourself Studios’ Studio Saturday workshops.


Studio Saturday is open to children ages 5-12 and runs on the hour 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM; the workshop fee is $20 per person or $15 per person for groups of 5+.

Our Gang Travel 1897 Springfield Avenue 973-763-3616 www.ourganggroup.com Saturday, February 23, 2019 “Travel in Black and White” – A conversation and details of the many recent changes in the travel industry. – 2pm – 6pm
Astah’s Art Gallery 1897 Springfield Avenue 973-761-5012 www.facebook.com/Astahs-FINE-ART-Gallery Saturday, February 23, 2019 The work of New Jersey artist Tino Cook – A body of work based on poems of Maya Angelou and highlighting famous African American women in the civil right struggles (i.e. Jane Pittman, Sojourner Truth and Phillis Wheatley) – 2pm – 6pm.
Le Petit Academy 1529 Springfield Avenue 973-378-3500 https://laceyspetitacademy.com/ Mondays, 2/11 and 2/25 at 10:30 AM Black History Month Celebration @ Le Petit Academy in partnership with Hilton Library
1978 Maplewood Arts Center 1978 Springfield Avenue (908) 899-1279 www.1978Artscenter.org Exhibit opens Jan 19 and runs throughout February A special tribute to the late Eleta J. Caldwell. Gallery hours 2 to 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Exhibit and estate sale of of the first female and first black principal of Newark’s legendary Arts High School.
Hilton Branch Library 1688 Springfield Avenue (973)762-1688 https://www.maplewoodlibrary.org/ Saturday, 2/16 at 10:30am
Ages 10-15 | Please register
Sew Your Own Quilt Block: In this workshop led by local sewing expert Ellen Lumpkin Brown, make a quilt block inspired by the little-known history of the black quilting artists of Gee’s Bend, Alabama! Register online at https://sew-your-own.eventbrite.com or by calling the Hilton Branch at (973)762-1688.
Hilton Branch Library 1688 Springfield Avenue (973)762-1688 https://www.maplewoodlibrary.org/ Thursday, 2/28 @4:30pm
Ages 8-11 | Drop in
African Rhythms Drum Circle: This workshop is an introduction to percussion through African Rhythms and Creative Movement.
Through a welcoming drum circle participants discover tempo and rhythms while learning about
the role of music in African culture. Discover how the drums are an instrument of self-expression and
storytelling while emphasizing teamwork. Please arrive on time: space is limited.


Hilton Branch Library 1689 Springfield Avenue (973)762-1689 https://www.maplewoodlibrary.org/ Thursday, 2/28 @ 6:30pm Chef Jesse Talk and Tasting: Maplewood’s favorite Chef Jesse Jones will share techniques and itps followed by a tasting of his inspired Seafood Creole Soup.
Akuaba Fashions Boutique 1966 Springfield Avenue (973) 275-0023 https://akuaba-fashions.business.site/?m=true All month. Store hours: 11:00 AM 7:00 PM Authentic African clothing for Black History Month 20-30 % off. Sale continues for the entire month on african clothing and accessories for women, men, and children. Schools and universities welcome for bulk orders.
Cornbread 1565 Springfield Avenue (973) 313-0328 cornbreadsoul.com/ Saturday, February 9 and 23, 2019 at 8 PM – 10 PM

Black History Month Movie Nights: $5 tickets available on eventbrite. 2/9: Higher Learning; 2/23: Coming to America.


Hair Chalet 1632 Springfield Avenue 973-763-2272 www.hairchalet.com Date: TBA Makeovers and Dress for Success event. Details TBA
Hilton Neighborhood Assoiciation DeHart Community Center 120 Burnett Avenue n/a n/a Thursday, February 21, 2019
7:30 PM 9:00 PM
Join us as we sit in a circle and take turns reading some of the greatest poems by Black poets, as well as by some of the lesser known writers. Whether you are a poetry lover or not, you are sure to be moved by the thoughts of these historical poets and modern ones. Felicia George, Columbia High School graduate, has graciously agreed to read some of her original poems. This evening is guaranteed to be a thought-provoking, enjoyable experience.

Special thanks to SAM business Stainfil Studios for and photographing many of the Black History Month events and activities happening throughout Maplewood.