Freeholder Jonathan Young served as the Master of Ceremonies at U.S. Senator Robert Menendez’s Ninth Annual Standing on the Shoulders of Giants Black History Month Celebration.
“We’ll be celebrating Black History Month in a municipality rich with history, having been the first independent, self-governing African American municipality north of the Mason-Dixon Line,” Young said. “I’m proud to welcome our nation’s leaders for an afternoon celebrating the accomplishments and history of African Americans locally and throughout the United States.”
During the event, three local leaders and organizations – Lawnside Mayor Mary Ann Wardlow, State Senator Troy Singleton, and the New Jersey Chapters of The Links, Inc. – were recognized for their contributions to the community. Participants also highlighted the importance of Black History Month and the significance of Lawnside’s role in the abolitionist movement during the 1840s.
United States House Representative Hakeem Jeffries participated as the event’s keynote speaker.