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Still Center to sponsor black history event

MEDFORD The Dr. James Still Historic Site Education Center, part of the Medford Historical Society, will host a one-day event in celebration of African American History Month featuring presentations, group discussions, and a musical performance.

"Conversations on Relationships and Community Building" takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Holly Room, Medford Leas, One Medford Leas Way.

Still, a black medical botanist in the 19th century and son of former slaves, wrote in his autobiography a passage that was to be the focus of the event:

Strange though it may appear to others, it seems to me that truth and justice are the principles by which we should work our way through life. In all our dealings, let truth be our guiding star, which, if we keep in view, we shall not go astray, and our way will be lit up with justice to all men, a diadem of beauty on our heads. We shall not then have fear of each other, but all the paths shall be peace and safety throughout our broad land.

Presenters include religious leaders, scholars, and community activists. After the talks, participants will break into groups for discussion. Paula Johns, a jazz vocalist and actress, will give a lunchtime performance.

Registration is required. Send a $20 check for lunch and materials to Dr. James Still Project, Box 553, Medford, N.J. 08055 by Feb. 20. Participants also must register by e-mail at

- Inquirer staff

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