Freeholder Board Partners With Union County College For Black History Month Series

UNION COUNTY – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is collaborating with Union County College on a series of Black History Month events at Union County College’s Cranford and Elizabeth campuses beginning Friday, Feb. 8.

“The Freeholder Board is proud to partner with Union County College in bringing county residents a series of educational and entertaining events about Black History and its role in shaping America,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter.

The first event in the series, the Union County Black History Month Kick-off Reception, will take place on Friday, Feb. 8, at 1:00 p.m. at the Union County College Kellogg Building, located at 40 West Jersey St in Elizabeth.

The kick-off reception is set to include an exciting talk about Black History by Rev. H. William Rutherford Jr., past President of the New Jersey State Conference of the NAACP, as well as a summary of other Black History Month events taking place throughout the county, and the first presentation of the Chester Holmes Humanitarian Award.

The award, created by the Freeholder Board in honor of the late, former Freeholder Chester Holmes, will be presented yearly to a candidate that displays outstanding devotion to the people of Union County through their service-based or philanthropic work. The first recipient of the award will be Ella S. Teal, of the Urban League of Union County.

The next event in the collaborative series will be the “Who Was Harriet Tubman” play on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Roy Smith Auditorium, at Union County College’s Cranford Campus; followed by the 10th Annual Union County College Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Detailed information on Black History Month Events happening throughout Union County will be available starting Friday, Feb. 1, on the Union County Black History Month website,

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