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February 24 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Join Downtown Somerville Alliance for a day long festival celebrating Black History Month 2024. The Downtown Somerville Black Arts & Ideas Festival will include special conversations, panels, performances and activations in solidarity and support of the Black community in Somerville and beyond. The Black Arts & Ideas Festival will take place on Saturday February 24, 2024, from 10 am – 6:00 pm at various locations in Downtown Somerville, New Jersey. All events are free of charge to attend.
10:30-12: Reclaiming Paul Robeson; A Community Conversation. Moderated by Hettie V. Williams, P.h.D. Discuss the importance of erecting a statue to honor Paul Robeson’s legacy with historians, artists, and community members. Location: United Reform Church
1-2:30: Free Family Photoshoots with Studio Creative Group. Inspired by Black church family photos each family will have 5 – 10-minute mini photo shoot and will leave with a professional photo with professional backdrop and lighting by a local photographer. Location: United Reform Church
2:45-3:45: Finding Financial Freedom with Miesh B., The Bold Budgeter. Miesh B. will help visitors reset their money mindset, establish healthy financial habits, understand budgeting and give best practices for financial coaching. Location: Bliss Coffee Lounge
4:00-5:00: Securing The Bag: A Conversation on
Black Business and Entrepreneurship. Moderated by ESSENCE’s Keyaira Boone. Keyaira Boone is a nationally recognized writer, columnist, digital media consultant from Northern New Jersey, and will moderate a discussion between local Black Business owners. Location: Village Brewing Company
5:15-6:15: Celebrating Our Songs; a pop-up exhibition and live performance. Join jazz vocalists in concert for a showstopping music celebration celebrating staple African American songs & standards in honor of Black History Month.
Location: Verve


February 24
10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Downtown Somerville
W. Main St
Somerville, NJ 08876
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