BHM2022 Outdoor Activities

Erasing South Orange Borders Run/WalkErasing South Orange Borders BHM22

Presented by Erasing Essex's Borders

Limited Spaces/Registration Required
Register Here!

Join resident Stephanie Lawson Muhammad, founder of Erasing Essex’s Borders, on an exploration of the historical borders that defined the boundaries of South Orange within Essex County and how those borders have impacted African Americans over the last 150 years.  Each route will cover approximately 3.1 miles (5k) and incorporate locations and landmarks significant to the African American experience.


Scheduled Times (Must Register)

Saturday, February 5th 
8:00am (Running)/1:00pm (Walkers)

Saturday, February 12th 
8:00am (Running)/1:00pm (Walkers)

Saturday, February 19th 
8:00am (Running)/1:00pm (Walkers)

Registration open for socially distanced, in-person participation, mask required. Meet-up locations will be emailed to registrants 24 hours prior to the event.  Routes will be posted after each event for those that would prefer to run/walk as their schedule permits.

Erasing Essex’s Borders is committed to uncovering our history and increasing the understanding of all of the factors that have led to our label as an Apartheid County. Our goal is to Erase The Borders that divide us - the lines that lift some and lower others - the borders of hierarchy and boundaries of injustice. We seek to unify our county - creating belonging that transcends lines - borders - boundaries.

About Erasing Essex’s Borders

Stephanie Lawon-Muhammad founded Erasing Essex’s Borders in September 2019. She is a mother of three and lives in South Orange with her husband. She served two terms on the South Orange Maplewood School Board (2013 - 2019) and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the South Orange Community Police Collaborative. Stephanie is a Managing Director for Accenture and has had a 26 career in technology..



LightandsoundLIGHT [+ SOUND]

By Patrick Hilaire
Curated by Jeremy Moss

On Display at The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC
February 1, 2022 - February 28, 2022

Complimentary Admission
Hours: Monday - Saturday, Noon - 6:00pm
Open Reception: Thursday, February 17th, 5:00pm - 8:00pm


Celebrate Black History Month in The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC with the photography of local notable, Patrick Hilaire. This display showcases Hilaire’s stunning black-and-white portraits of Jazz musicians. His life’s work has focused on capturing the relationship between images and sound.

Known as the man behind the camera at many Jazz happenings, Hilaire has been a staple in the local music scene for years. Hilaire has photographed performers from SOPAC’s Jazz & Blues in the Loft series as well as the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Band at the Blue Note in New York City. 

Hilaire has exhibited at several galleries, was featured at the South by South Orange Festival, and shot performances at the John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival as well as the South Mountain International Blues Festival.

The Haitian-born self-taught photographer’s ability to capture compelling musical moments by great artists has brought him widespread acclaim. “Musical events are the intersection where the rhythm of the performer and photographer get to meet,” he says. A Jazz lover since childhood, Hilarie was first moved by the genre when his older brother Max Hilaire, also a noted photographer, brought home Herbie Mann’s The Glory of Love.

If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact Linda Beard at (973) 382-1035 or lindab@sopacnow.org.


Other Events

BLM Route Art RunSOMA Fox Running Club & Erasing Essex Borders
BLM Route Art Run 

Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022

A collaboration between two organizations to create a running map forming the letters BLM in support of Black History Month and the creation of equality among all. 

For more details or to sign up, please go to https://www.somafoxrunningclub.org/

About SOMA FOX Running Club

The SOMA Fox Running Club (SFRC) was established in 2021 as a 501c3 non-profit organization in New Jersey, serving South Orange / Maplewood and the surrounding towns. We are a member organization of Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). 

Our mission is to promote and extend the joys of running to our community through group workouts, camaraderie, runner-to-runner support, and hosting local races and events. We welcome all levels of runners from absolute beginners to the highly experienced or super speedy. We welcome runners ages 18 and up, all genders, and all backgrounds. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion through promoting a safe, welcoming, and respectful community. We strive to share the mental and physical benefits of running with everyone who joins, no matter their running goals.