Black History Month

Saturday, February 4th – Black Wall Street

Sponsored in part by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, United Youth of New Jersey presents
BLACK WALL STREET:
A TRUE REFLECTION OF THE SUN PEOPLE
at Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre
Saturday, February 4 at 3:00 p.m.

An original play written and directed by UNYJ founders Mr. and Mrs. Brown, the play tells the story of the men and women of the Greenwood District – one of the most thriving African American communities in America from 1907 to 1921.

For more information visit unitedyouthofnj.org or contact UYNJ at 908-220-5279.

Saturday, February 11th – Call Mr. Robeson

Co-sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the City of Rahway, Union County Performing Arts Center presents
CALL MR. ROBESON
at the Union County Performing Arts Center
Saturday, February 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Written, produced, and performed by Tayo Aluko, this free performance preserves and honors Paul Robeson’s memory while teaching audiences that speaking out against injustice is everyone’s responsibility.

For more information visit ucpac.org or call the UCPAC Box Office at 732-499-8226.

Monday, February 27th – 2017 Black History Month Celebration

Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders presents
2017 Black History Month Celebration
in collaboration with the UC Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs
A BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY OF BROTHERHOOD:
A MUSICAL JOURNEY IN THE LIFE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR
at the Union County Performing Arts Center
Monday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Register Online

Union County celebrates Black History Month with a free performance honoring famed Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Union County Preforming Arts Center in Rahway.

Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs under the Department of Parks and Recreation, “A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.” highlights how music influenced and inspired the work of Dr. King.

“Each February, Americans recognize and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of African-Americans to our nation’s history,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The Freeholder Board is proud to support events that illustrate the truths of the history we all share.”

 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.

Hosted by Terrance McKnight, “A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.” is a live adaptation of McKnight’s radio documentary, which was produced for WQXR, New York Public Radio.  In this one-hour presentation, Terrance McKnight interweaves musical examples with Dr. King’s own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work—and examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King’s cause.

“The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – a true community activist who brought hope and healing to America during a time in our history of rampant injustice and discrimination – have been a source of inspiration for many who seek peace, justice and equality,” said Freeholder Linda Carter. “All are invited to experience this unique production that offers insight into what inspired and influenced the words, actions, spirits and ideals of Dr. King.”

The evening’s event will also feature the 5th annual presentation of the Chester Holmes Humanitarian Award. Presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Chester Holmes Humanitarian Award is given to a candidate that displays outstanding devotion to the people of Union County through their service-based or philanthropic work.

Admission to “A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey of Martin Luther King, Jr.” is free of charge, but advance registration is requested. Please call the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 908-558-2550 to reserve a seat, or register here.












Free Yoga and Wellness Class Offered in Celebration of Women’s History Month

County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Department of Human Services Union County Office on Women the is presenting a free yoga class and wellness event, “Empowering Union County Women to Go Out and Make History” on Friday evening, March 3, at Maskers Barn in the historic Deserted Village of Feltville. The event is open to all, from beginners to experienced practitioners.

“Women’s History Month recognizes the distinctive contributions that women have made to our nation and our communities,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “This event is designed to help County residents engage with their strengths and capabilities through yoga and guided meditation. It is an excellent opportunity to recharge after a long and difficult winter.”

The evening includes:

  • Guided meditation ceremony by Danielle DeCostello of Bella Organici Studio in Cranford.
  • Yoga session by Nicole DeAugustine, certified yoga instructor.
  • Wellness and self-care session by Arielle Cassidy of the Juice House in Garwood. 

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. on March 3. It is expected to conclude at approximately 9:00 p.m.

Attendees should wear comfortable clothing appropriate for yoga, and bring their own yoga mats.

“Empowering Union County Women to Go Out and Make History” is open to ages 16 and older.

The event is free but space is limited. Pre-registration is required online at ucnj.org/womans-yoga.

Departmental Budget Hearing Dates

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders today announced a set of open public hearing dates in February and March for the review of the soon-to-be released 2017 Executive Budget.

The hearings all begin at 5 p.m:

Tuesday, February 28th
Galloping Hill Clubhouse
Kenilworth
  • Engineering, Public Works and Facilities
  • Human Services
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Corrections
Thursday, March 9th
Union County Administrative Building
Elizabeth
  • County Clerk
  • Prosecutor
  • Sheriff’s Office
  • Surrogate
Monday, March 13th
Union County Vo-Tech
Scotch Plains
  • Administrative Services
  • County Counsel
  • Economic Development
  • Election Board
  • Public Safety

While there are no public comments at these meetings, the public is welcome to attend and listen to the discussion. The Freeholder Board will conduct their review before voting to introducing the budget later this year.