Black History Month Celebration 2015 - Dr. Robert Perry
Dr. Robert Perry Celebrated Black History Monthat the Jersey City Library by Shining a Light on theRecent Passing of African-American Greats
Since 2009, the Federal Documents Department at the Main Library has been hosting Black History Month programs featuring esteemed professor Robert Perry, Ph.D. This year, the Main Library was closed, due to its ongoing renovations, so on Thursday, February 12, 2015, Dr. Perry presented at the Barack H. Obama Auditorium in the Greenville Branch Library.
Dr. Perry’s program, Artists and Activism, a participatory tribute to legends: Amiri Baraka, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis and Maya Angelou, courted the audience with poetry, prose and a discussion of what made these artists great. The salient point: having the courage to say what’s on one’s mind, regardless of the circumstances.
By virtue of standing up for what one believes, each artist’s indomitable spirit expanded civil rights for all.
Dr. Perry chose these four people because, in 2014, three of them passed away: Amiri Baraka, January 9; Maya Angelou, May 28; and Ruby Dee, June 11. Ossie Davis died on February 4, 2005.
Smiles Galore at the Greenville Christmas 2014 Toy Giveaway
With Christmas music serenading the Greenville ‘elves’, the stage was set for the Christmas party revelers on December 22nd, which meant, the proscenium stage was covered from end-to-end with toys arranged in age order, to make it easier when duty called for toy distribution.
‘Santa’ Kenny (Uko, who heads the Greenville Branch) served as Master of Ceremonies.
Since 2010, the Greenville Branch Library has been serving the community by holding a Christmas Toy Giveaway, making sure that no child, regardless of the family’s economic disadvantage, has a Christmas with not one present. All parents/guardians have previously registered each child, to make sure there is something waiting, as well as to ensure the family’s need.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Biblioteca Criolla closed it celebrations for Hispanic Heritage with a “big bang” on Saturday, October 11th. It was great to see many enthusiastic people coming together for this occasion. The program was well attended by the Latino community of Jersey City. In attendance there were approximately 60-plus people, among them 20 teenagers.
The program commenced with welcoming remarks from Criolla Department Head Patricia Vega, and her introducing everyone to the treasures in Biblioteca Criolla, such as services and resources. Also mentioned were the contributions and impact Latinos have made in this great nation through our strong commitment to family, faith, hard work and service.
The commemorative program consisted of guest speaker Honorable Amilkar Velez-Lopez, retired municipal judge in Newark, N.J., who was a former judge of the Central Judicial Processing Court in Essex County (Court CJP) and has resided in the Garden State for over 40 years. He
talked to the audience about the importance knowing our heritage and not forgetting where we come from. This native of Puerto Rico, whose family moved to New York in 1959 for better opportunities, gave the audience an inside look at his personal and professional experiences, and family life. He mentioned the many resources (like the libraries) available to all, urged the youth of the importance of being community-minded individuals, and to volunteer. He spoke from the heart and Criolla’s audience responded to his very easy demeanor. He ended with the philosophy that his parents taught him: “!!EL QUE PERSEVERA—TRIUNFA!! “DIOS ME LO BENDIGA”. (THE ONE THAT PERSEVERES, TRIUMPHS!! And he always greets and says goodbye with a, “GOD BLESS YOU.”) There was a Q & A session and many in the audience took the opportunity to ask questions.
KESSLER REP PRESENTED AN ‘INTRODUCTION TO WELLNESS’
No one wants to admit it, but, chances are, you could take better care of yourself.
With the Introduction to Wellness program, hosted by the Federal Documents Department in the Main Library on October 2, 2014, the 11 people in the audience soaked up the information presented by Pinky Nawani, PT, DPT, OCS, of the Kessler Rehabilitation Center in Jersey City (2854 Kennedy Blvd. 07306 / 201-792-2582 / www.kessler-pt.com).
Asking, ‘would you change one thing tomorrow if…?’ Kessler’s Doctor of Physical Therapy opened her presentation, and launched into a variety of statistics: * Approximately half of the premature deaths in the U.S. are caused by lifestyle concerns (lack of exercise / poor eating habits / smoking / alcohol / stress) * Obesity is at epidemic levels – 127 million Americans (64.5% of the adult population are obese) * Being overweight or obese increases the risk factors for 15 different diseases (including, Type II Diabetes / High blood pressure / High cholesterol / Heart disease / Congestive heart failure / Strokes) * Women vs. Men – Women now eat 22% more calories than they did 30 years ago & Men are eating 7% more * SAD Exercise FACTS – 25% of all trips in the U.S. are less than one mile & 75% of those are made by car (U.S. Dept. of Transportation), 27% of the population admit not to exercising, 7 out of 10 adults get too little & 4 out of 10 get none!
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