SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The annual Black History Observance month starts on February 1st, 2020 at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL). It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
Black History month is a time to reflect on what it means to be an African descendant. It is also a time to reflect back on the activists and organizers of the past who fought for racial equality for everyone. For this occasion, PJL acknowledges our local heroes for their role of bringing awareness to the community during the month of February for the last years.
Following the tradition, the PJL has a program prepared consisting of storytelling, dance, music, poetry and our power of knowledge series. The program commences on Wednesday February 5, 2020 with an opening at 6 p.m. at the library by the PJL director, Mrs. Glenderlin Holiday, featuring Mr. Alex Shujah Reiph, president of Conscious Lyrics, presenting the St. Martin Black History Month Story.
Every Saturday of this month there will be story telling by local story tellers, on Wednesday, February 12, there will be a session by Mrs. Maccow-Thomas, featuring the production of local herbal teas under the brand Teezan, and on Friday February 28, PJL will feature our local artist Ms. Tamara Groeneveldt, with poetry and a dance production by our local dance choreographer Mr. Rudolph Davis.
The full program can be found on the PJL web-site: www.stmaartenlibrary.org and on the PJL Facebook page: Stmaarten.pjlibrary.
We also encourage the general public to make use of this opportunity to visit the PJL during the regular opening hours to learn more about the African diaspora through the Alice and Lionel Romney collection and the Sint Maarten collection.
It will give you a better view on the past and also on the people that built Sint Maarten to what it is now. Please, come out, learn more, become aware, and celebrate Black History Observance month with us.