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South Jersey Journal holds Most Influential African Americans in New Jersey reception

Journal Staff Report | 10/2/2017, 1:34 p.m.
South Jersey Journal held its “25 Most Influential African Americans in New Jersey” and “People Making a Difference invitation only ...
People Making A Difference 2017 award recipient, Laura Wooten, is a 96-year-old Princeton resident and member of the Princeton Board of Elections for more than 70 years pictured with South Jersey Journal's Founders, Irv Randolph, right, and Al Thomas.

South Jersey Journal held its “25 Most Influential African Americans in New Jersey” and “People Making a Difference invitation only reception September 28 at The Palace Catering in Blackwood, NJ

About 200 people attended the reception to recognize those who are the Most Influential African Americans in New Jersey.

The Journal celebrated its second annual class of the 25 Most Influential African Americans in New Jersey. This year's recipients include elected officials that serve large populations and individuals that run major businesses and business advocacy organizations, manage educational institutions, pastor large faith based community and run important nonprofits.

The Journal also awarded five individuals with its “People Making A Difference” for “work that enriches and improves the lives of our community near and far in a variety of ways

This year’s honorees are Darlene Walker , the immediate past president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW)—Southern New Jersey chapter; Angela Brown, founder of A Woman's Business –an entity for, by and about women based in Sewell, NJ,, first lady of the Perfecting Church and Coordinator of its Loving our Cities community programs ; Robert Dickerson, the founder, creator and CEO of the Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble at the Unity Community Center of South Jersey in Camden, which enriches youth and teaches them discipline and culture through the martial arts, music and dance; Frank Minor, one of the longest serving mayors of Logan Township who has served four terms and is also a senior executive at the Delaware River and Bay Authority and 96-year-old Princeton resident Laura Wooten. Wooten has been a member of the Princeton Board of Elections for more than 70 years.

One of the highlights of the evening was Wooten’s passionate plea to “go vote.” Wooten received a standing ovation after her remarks.

A representative for Congressman Donald Payne Jr presented a proclamation to the Journal in recognitions of the publication’s Most Influential reception.

The sponsors of the reception were Atlantic City Electric, AT&T and Rowan University.

South Jersey Journal is a free monthly publication dedicated to covering news and information relevant to the African American community in South Jersey. It was founded by Irv Randolph and Al Thomas in September 2011.