Councilwoman To Host African-American History Celebration

LINDEN — Councilwoman Rhashonna Cosby- Hurling will host her 2nd annual celebration of African-American history on Thursday, Feb. 21. The event will include historical information, poetry, music and the recognition of notable local African-Americans.

Cosby-Hurling says, “It’s time that we as a community embrace and celebrate the many contributions of our forefathers and acknowledge the efforts of African Americans who are today making history.”

In 2011, Cosby-Hurling organized the first Black History program in Linden’s Fifth Ward. She also initiated the annual designation of a portion of Blancke Street, located in front of City Hall, as “African-American Way” for the month of February.

Last year, Lee V. Rooper,  Linden’s first African-American firefighter, was recognized. This year the program will recognize Linden’s first female African-American female police officer, Anisha Jones, who joined the force in 2010.

The celebration will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Linden Multi-Purpose Center, 1025 John Street. Free light refreshments will be served.

Cosby-Hurling invites Linden students to submit original poems or essays about what “Black History Means To Me” or create original posters and deliver them to the Councilwoman no later than Feb. 20th for a chance to win cash prizes. For more information, email or call 1-908-477-4120

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