By Olive Giles, Vice President of the Princeton Regional Educational Support Staff Association

During the month of February, 2020, PRESSA (Princeton Regional Educational Support Staff Association) of Mercer County had a hand in presenting several exciting events recognizing and honoring individuals of African descent who helped to inspire our society. They are sharing their events and activities now to help other associations and districts interested in programming for their Black History events, which, of course, can be held throughout the school year. 

The Black History events are underwritten by grant funds secured by both the support staff (custodians, secretaries, instructional aides) and the certificated staff (teachers) of Princeton Public Schools.

Events included:

Feb. 1  African American Read In e.vents throughout February celebrating voice & vision

Feb. 5 Black Lives Matter-Social Justice Day: Princeton High School (PHS) student committees, PULSE (Pride, Unity, Leadership, Sisterhood, Esteem) and MSAN (The Minority Student Achievement Network-a National Student honor society), and the PHS Black Student Union hosted a Cultural Series of events highlighting Black and Brown Cultures. Curriculum Fair, with a talk by Bettina Love.

Feb. 6 Dinner and a Movie – A screening of “True Justice.”

Feb. 12 Dream Keepers Initiative – This evening addressed what comes next for high schoolers once they graduate.

Feb. 10  Museums in Motion presents, 20 African American People You Should Know in the Numina Gallery @ PHS

Feb. 13 Community Night

Feb. 28 Black History Evening of Cultural Celebration: “It’s Not Just Our History, It’s American History.”  A night of fun and entertaining evening of poetry/ spoken word, dance, video presentation(s), musical tributes and a Cultural Fashion Show.

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