The Montclair Branch NAACP announced that Dr. Kendra Johnson, Superintendent of Schools in Montclair, will receive the esteemed Thurgood Marshall Award at the 102nd annual Thurgood Marshall Dinner. Dr. Johnson is the first African American to be appointed Superintendent of Schools in Montclair in its 144-year history. The event will take place on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 6:30 to 11 PM at the Hanover Manor, 16 Eagle Rock Avenue, East Hanover, NJ.
The awards ceremony will also include tributes to Brendan Gill, co-Chair of the Montclair Democratic Committee, Eve Robinson, John Farrell, Mary Bentley-Lamar, Matilda Williams, Dr. Bernadette Glover, Russell Robinson, Shante Palmer, Lynne Williams, James Harris, Shakira Pelham, Layla Al-Misri, Maia Wallace, and Mechi Brown. The keynote speaker at the Thurgood Marshall dinner will be Imani R. Oakley, Esq. Ms. Oakley is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and is currently employed as a Constituent Advocate for Senator Cory Booker.
The theme for the evening is “Face the Hate – Vote”. As described by event Chairperson Beverly Bussey “while the theme speaks to the heightened degree of voter apathy,” it is an urgent wake up call to all of us to take responsibility for the state of our nation. The NAACP was organized to fight for the right to political, social, educational, and economic equality. Our failure to speak up at the polls is an affirmative stamp in favor of those threats.
Albert Pelham, President stated: “Social media protesting must not be a substitute for a vote.” A “like” on a Facebook page carries far less weight than a vote at the polls. The end result is policy change! We need to wake up, stand up and take responsibility for what is going on in our world. We need to make a concerted effort to form bodies of protest, in solidarity, in determination, and united for a common purpose. We must register to vote, show up at meetings, workshops, conferences and other organized efforts to make things happen!
Tickets are available online at www.montclairnaacp.org, or by contacting Beverly Bussey, event Chairperson at 862-600-5037.