President Dr. Gale E. Gibson will be the guest speaker tonight, March 23 in East Orange at a Women’s History Month Celebration. It is presented by the Women in the NAACP (Maplewood & the Oranges) & Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Omicron Xi Omega Chapter of Montclair.
The program will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the East Orange Senior Center, 90 Halsted Street. Dr. Gibson is a member of the sorority, founded in 1908 at Howard University. It was the first African-American Greek-letter sorority in the nation and now boasts more than 280,000 college students and alumnae. Area authors Linda-Wiggins Edwards, Lanikka Wright, Ashley McFarlin Buie and Beverly Williams will discuss and sign their books.
Renowned jazz and blues singer Antoinette Montague is the guest speaker at Essex County College’s Presidential Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 31. The free program will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the College’s Mary Burch Theater at the Newark campus.
Ms. Montague, who has performed throughout the region and internationally, was born and raised in Newark. Always interested in music, she recalled spending Saturdays at the Newark Public Library where she would listen to Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.
Her album, “Behind the Smile,” features a diverse repertoire of standards and originals, including “What’s Going On,” “The Song is You,” “Get Ready,” “Somewhere in the Night,” and the title song.
When not performing at such famed venues as Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, or the JazzMobile’s Summer Breeze Concert Series, Ms. Montague serves on a number of boards, including International Women in Jazz.
The Presidential Lecture Series was launched last year by Essex President Dr. Gale E. Gibson as a way of bringing prominent speakers to the College campus.
Since Essex County College assumed control of the police training facility from the county on Dec. 31, 1998, it has been known as the Essex County College Police Academy.
But in order to reflect its ever evolving mission, the facility in Cedar Grove is now officially the Essex County College Public Safety Academy. The College’s Board of Trustees approved the name change following a recommendation from the Academy’s Advisory Board and support from President Dr. Gale E. Gibson, the Essex County Fire Chiefs and Chiefs of Police Associations, and the West Essex Fire Officers Association.
“As a full-service public safety training academy, the name change reflects our commitment to and inclusion of all public safety entities in our programs, including fire, emergency medical services, and corrections,” said Public Safety Academy Director Rocco L. Miscia Jr.
The Academy launched its firefighter training program in 2011. A summer youth academy has been offered for years at the facility. Academy personnel are also involved in various area-wide safety initiatives, including the “Click It or Ticket” campaign and a pedestrian safety program.