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2014 NAACP Black History Month program @ Toms River

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The Toms River branch of the NAACP h eld their annual Black History Month program Saturday Feb. 22 at OCL’s Toms River branch.  The program presented bluesman Derek Pierre (sponsored by the Friends of the Toms River Library), ‘NSTEP from Toms River North High School and a soulfood tasting.

Photographs from the event can be seen on our Flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/oceancountylibrary/sets/72157641568238894/

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Toms River hosts annual Black History Month celebration

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The Toms River NAACP and Friends of the Toms River Library sponsored Black History Month celebration Saturday Feb. 16 in Mancini Hall.

More than 70 people enjoyed a delicious soul food buffet prepared and served by the NAACP members.

South Toms River Mayor Joseph M. Champagne Jr. delivered a biography of the martyred Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers, and told how Evers faced the threats against him and his family. He presented the humanity of Evers, the fears he felt, and his commitment to his beliefs in the freedoms of people.

The library friends sponsored the performance by Norman Taylor, an acoustic Blues guitarist who was New Jersey’s representative to the 2011 and 2012 International Blues Challenge. Taylor not only played music that spanned the history of the Blues, he spoke about the unassuming giants who nurtured the nascent form and their effects upon today’s music.

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NAACP program wraps up Black History Month programs

Kati Beddow (left) and Ms. G performed in "Eyes of Spies: Women of the Civil War."

The Toms River branch of the NAACP sponsored its annual Black History Month celebration Feb. 25th in Mancini Hall.

The program opened with a dance routine, then followed with a delicious soul food tasting that was prepared and served by members of the NAACP.

The third portion of the celebration included Kati Beddow’s presentation of “Eyes of Spies: Women of the Civil War.”

Southerner Elizabeth “Crazy Bet” Van Lew established a spy network in Virginia.  With her friend and ex-slave Mary Elizabeth Bowser, who gathered vital information for the Union while serving in the Southern White House of Jefferson Davis, they enabled General Grant and General Butler to speed up the end of the Civil War.

A link to the dozen photos from the program can be found at our Flickr link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oceancountylibrary/sets/72157629104072878/show/