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Bonnie Watson Coleman honored by HBCU advocacy organization

Glenn Townes | 4/4/2016, 2:32 p.m.
New Jersey Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman was recently honored by a national organization that represents dozens of Historically Black Colleges ...
Bonnie Watson Coleman

New Jersey Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman was recently honored by a national organization that represents dozens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) across the country.

The organization, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) recognized Watson Coleman, a native of Camden and the first African American woman from New Jersey elected to the US House of Representatives (NJ-12th) in March at a reception at Nanina's in the Park in Belleville, NJ for her outstanding contributions to the next generation of leaders in the state. In addition to Watson Coleman, other honorees included, James Johnson, partner at the law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton; Paul Zoubek, partner at the law firm, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads and Vaughn McKoy, vice president at PSEG.

In a media release, Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of TMCF said this year's honorees exemplify the mission of organization and the importance of supporting HBCU's in educating future leaders. “Their commitment to HBCUs and black student achievement sets an example for the entire country,” Taylor said.

Watson Coleman, who was honored in February by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) for her outstanding contribution to politics and the Garden State, said the most recent award represents her steadfast commitment to empowering young people through education. “Building a world for our young people that accepts them for who they are has always been among my highest priorities in public service,” she said. TMCF was named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African American justice and established in 1987. The organization represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member schools.