Newark Public Library was the place to be on February 6 when Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Newark native Jonathan Capehart, came back to his hometown for a talk on “White Balance: Distortion of Black Images on Television,” an event part of the library’s annual Black History Month Celebration. As a Washington Post editorial board member, PostPartisan blogger and MSNBC contributor, Capehart spoke about the sensitive subject of race and the media and his experiences in politics and journalism. Remarks were made by Newark Celebration 350’s very own Executive Director, John Johnson Jr. and Gwen Moten, Executive Director of The Mayor’s Office of Arts, Cultural Development and Tourism. Guest producer was Celeste Bateman & Associates, LLC.

It was a family affair, as Newark citizens of all ages, as well as guests to the city packed Centennial Hall for this great night of thought and discussion. We thank Mr. Capehart for kicking off Black History Month with us here in Newark, in conjunction with Newark Celebration 350! We look forward to celebrating with everyone at all of the Black History Month events in Newark during the city’s milestone anniversary year.