BHM2022 Panel Discussions

Taking a Closer Look at Reparations

CCR BHM22_PanelWednesday, February 9th at 7:00pm |Register in Advance

Join expert panelists Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School  and Laurie Beachum, the Director of Communications for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice as they share background and updates on Reparations.โ €

Panelists will discuss:

  • * The history supporting reparations
  • * New Jersey efforts to address the issue
  • * Q&A with Attendees

For More Information, please visit the South Orange | Maplewood Community Coaltion on Race at

Membership Round-Up: A Virtual Livecast
Men's Health & Wellness Edition

OM Membership Round-Up Health  Wellness

Please join the NAACP: Oranges & Maplewood Branch, in collaboration with the South Orange Village and Bloomfield College, to bring you a live virtual discussion around Men’s Health & Wellness which has a large impact within the black and brown communities.  

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 7:00pm

Event is complimentary and open to all.  Register through Eventbrite.


  • James R. Cowan, MD - Mental Health
  • Clenton Coleman, MD - Nephrologist
  • Oluwaseun Oke - Pharmacist
  • Alexander Hall, D.M.D - Dentistry
  • Robert Cunningham, Jr., MD - Ophthalmologist
  • Walm N’Dure - Trainer

NAACP: Oranges and Maplewood

Darryl L. Jeffries, President
Cassandra Bien-Aime, Health and Committee Chair
Stephen Hobson, Membership Committee Chair
Lady Trisha Scipio, Membership Co-Chair

Learn more about the NAACP of the Oranges and Maplewood.
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Steve MajorsBook Discussion: Author and former South Orange Resident Steve Majors Discusses His Memoir, “High Yella” 

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 7:00pm

To join this virtual event, click here.

Join the South Orange Public Library for this special discussion with Steve Majors, former South Orange resident and author of the poignant memoir, “High Yella,” moderated by actress Sarah Doneghy.

About the book: They called him “pale faced or mixed race” or “light, bright, almost white.” But most of the time his family called him “high yella.” Steve Majors was the white passing, youngest son of an all-Black family that struggled with poverty, abuse, and generational trauma. High Yella is the poignant account of how he tried to leave his troubled childhood and family behind to create a new identity, only to discover he ultimately needed to return home to truly find himself and help his two adopted Black daughters find their own place in the world.

Sponsored by South Orange Public Library 
and Words Bookstore

Need to understand how to better manage your finance and estate planning. As part of our Black History Month 2022 theme, Black Health and Wellness, we explore ways to look at our financial health. Please join the Township of South Orange Village as we listen to experts discuss common finance mistakes, estate planning, entrepreneurship and ways to create generational wealth in our prerecorded panel discussion, “๐–ค๐—‡๐—Œ๐—Ž๐—‹๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐–ฅ๐—‚๐—‡๐–บ๐—‡๐–ผ๐—‚๐–บ๐—… ๐–ง๐–พ๐–บ๐—…๐—๐— ๐—๐—‚๐—๐—๐—‚๐—‡ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐–ก๐—…๐–บ๐–ผ๐—„ ๐–ข๐—ˆ๐—†๐—†๐—Ž๐—‡๐—‚๐—๐—’” This event is geared toward all audiences.


  • Jana D. Handwerk, Investment Advisor
  • Jared Pollard, Financial Specialist
  • Lori Anne Douglass, Estate Planning
  • Luis Estrella, Licensed Realtor

Recorded Presentation Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Minute 3:42 - Powerpoint Presentation on Avoiding Common Money Mistakes and Financial Well-Being
  • Minute 30:27 - Round-table discussions

Direct Link to YouTube -

You can find full bios and powerpoint presentation on

Panelist Bios - Click here to meet our panelists

Common Money Mistakes - Presentation

Black Mental Health Matters

Black Mental Health Matters

Join Community Care & Justice for an open discussion on Mental Health within the Black Community.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 7:00pm

Join Via Zoom Link (No Registration Required)


  • Drew Johnson, LCSW
  • Olivia Lewis-Chang, PhD and South Orange Resident
  • Danielle Washingston, LCSW

Wailoo Book Discussion

South Orange Village and South Orange Public Library presents: 
A Conversation with Keith Wailoo, Ph.D.

Thursday, February 24, 2022 | 7:00PM

To join this virtual meeting, click here.

By Phone: (646) 876-9923, Enter Meeting ID: 896 7876 1262

Join Village Trustee Summer Jones and NJ Librarian of the Year, Keisha Miller as they moderate this special conversation with former Maplewood resident and Princeton professor Keith Wailoo, author of “Pushing Cool: Big Tobacco, Racial Marketing, and the Untold Story of the Menthol Cigarette .” Dr. Wailoo tells the intricate and poignant story of menthol cigarettes while pulling back the curtain to reveal the hidden persuaders who shaped menthol buying habits and racial markets across America.

More Resources:

The New Yorker Review 

WHYY/NPR Radio Interview