NEWARK — Montclair resident and federal Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will be the keynote speaker on Sunday, Feb. 9, for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez’s fourth annual “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” Black History Month Celebration at the New Hope Baptist Church, at 106 Sussex Avenue in Newark.
Community, civic and elected leaders from across New Jersey are expected to attend the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement.
Sherryl Gordon, executive director of AFSCME Council 1, and Gerald W. Owens of the International Longshoremen’s Association are expected to attend along with numerous state, county and local elected officials.
Menendez explained that the event theme is rooted in the writings of the 12th Century theologian John of Salisbury, who wrote “…we are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.”
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