Bergen County Branch
2015 Freedom Fund Gala
On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the Bergen County chapter of the NAACP celebrated its annual Freedom Fund Gala. The Freedom Fund is an event that brings together a coalition of representatives, from a variety of organizations, who support and help the NAACP to work toward common goals by raising awareness for political, educational, social and economic equality for all groups and citizens in the United States.
The 2015 Awards and Honorees are:
The Freedom Fund Award is given to an individual whose goals, service commitments and achievements are exemplary in the struggle to eliminate racial discrimination, secure human dignity, equal opportunities, and freedom for all Black Americans. This year’s recipient of the Freedom Fund Award is Yvonne Witter, President of the Bergen/Passaic Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.
The Jack Drakeford Trailblazer Award is given in memory of the late Councilman of the City of Englewood. Drakeford was an Englewood Firefighter, City Clerk, City Manager, Acting Director of the DPW and Acting Public Safety Director. This year’s Jack Drakeford Trailblazer Award will be given to Assemblyman for New Jersey’s 35th Legislative District, Benjie E. Wimberly.
The Nellie K. Parker Education Award is given in memory of the First African American teacher in the City of Hackensack. The award is given to an educator whose commitment and achievement are exemplary in the education of the children of Bergen County. This year the Bergen County chapter of the NAACP will honor two outstanding educators with the Nellie K. Parker Education Award, Michael Brown, Principal of Dr. Leroy McCloud Elementary School in Englewood, New Jersey and Victor Lynch, Administrator at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, NJ.
The Corporate and Small Business Award is given to an individual or corporation whose efforts have made contributions to the Bergen County Community. This year’s Corporate Business Award will go to the accounting firm of Watson & Rice.
The Community Service Award is given to an individual whose sacrifices and efforts have made significant contributions to the Bergen County Community. This year’s recipients of the Community Service Award is Mrs. Joy Kurland. Mrs. Kurland’s tireless efforts as the Director of the Jewish Community Relation Council (JCRC) of the Northern New Jersey has forged new and lasting relationships with various organizations throughout northern New Jersey.
The 2015 Dr. Benjamin Hooks Community Service Award will be given to Reverend Jovan Davis, Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Englewood, NJ. Benjamin Lawson Hooks was an American civil rights leader, a Baptist minister and practicing attorney, he served as executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 1977 to 1992, and throughout his career was a vocal campaigner for civil rights in the United States.
The Youth Recognition Award is given to youth that have distinguished themselves in the area of service to the community, academic achievement and/or civic performance. This year’s honorees are JaNeil Humphrey and Malachi Samedy
Each year the Bergen County chapter of the NAACP recognizes youth members who stand out in their communities. This year the Bergen County chapter of the NAACP recognizes Kakai Lawerence and Rebekh Jones from Community Baptist Church of Englewood, NJ, Marissa Kerri Braswell from Ebenezer Baptist Church of Englewood, NJ, Sam Tatem IV of Galilee United Methodist Church of Teaneck, NJ, Cali Nicole Austin and Kvin Smith of Mount Olive Baptist Church of Hackensack, NJ, Melanie J. Lewis, Caleb Washington and Tamerra Williams of Trinity Baptist Church of Hackensack, NJ, Shianda Plamer and Natstasia Roman of Varick Memorial AME of Hackensack, NJ and Cydny Wise of Mount Calvary Baptist Church of Englewood, NJ.
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Bergen County NAACP
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights
organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated
workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight
for social justice for all Americans.
The 2015-2016 elected officers
Anthony Cureton, President
Jacqueline Wilson, 1st Vice President
Bravelle Nesbitt, 2nd Vice President
Robert Robertson, 3rd Vice President
Jeanette Lane, Secretary
Michele Henry, Treasurer
Frederick Johnson, Beverly Johnson,
The Bergen County chapter of the NAACP joined thousands in Washington, D.C. at the
National March Against Police Violence on December 13, 2014.