Essex County College will present its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial program Tuesday, January 20 at the College’s main Newark campus. The free event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mary Burch Theater.
Dr. Mario Beatty, Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies at Howard University, will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Beatty is also International President of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations.
Also participating in the program will be members of the College’s Gospel Choir and Entertainment Club, along with the Arts High School (Newark) Gospel Choir.
The program is being presented by Essex’s Africana Institute and Student Life & Activities Office.
Additional information is available at (973) 877-3219 or Africana@essex.edu.
Three former Essex County College Lady Wolverine track stars have been selected for induction into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Track & Field Hall of Fame. The inductees include Nicole N. Belcher (Class of 1996), Kerron Stewart (Class of 2005) and Novlene Williams-Mills (Class of 2002).
All three former student-athletes will formally be honored at the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, set for March 6-7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
They were all mentored by long-time Essex Coach Michael Smart, who is also president of the NJCAA Track & field Coaches Association. “This honor speaks volumes for our track program here at Essex and for our student-athletes who have excelled both on the track and, more importantly, in the classroom.”
They join last year’s inductees Melaine Walker (Essex Class of 2004) and Alleyne Francique (Class of 2000) in the Hall of Fame. They were also the first two former Essex students to be so honored by the Hall.
Nicole was the longtime Essex record-holder in the 100 meter hurdles. She then attended Seton Hall, where she continued her athletic success. Nicole is a psychiatric rehabilitation counselor with South Jersey Behavior Health Resources.
Kerron was a two time NJCAA National Champion and a six time All-American at Essex before transferring to Auburn University where she was a three time NCAA champion. Competing for Jamaica at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, Kerron was the Silver medalist in the 100 meters and the Bronze Medal recipient in the 200 meters. She followed that up at the 2012 London Olympics with Silver in the 4×100 meter relay.
Novlene was a two time NJCAA National Champion and a three time All-American at Essex. She followed that up by earning All-American status five times at the University of Florida. She has won a Bronze Medal at each of the last three Summer Olympics, starting in Athens in 2004. In 2012, she also served as captain for the Jamaican Women’s Track Team.
Below, Dr. Gibson presents Jenna Marie Mellor, Volunteer Coordinator, (center, front), and Gwen Ross, Vocational Specialist, both from Covenant House (behind Mellor), with gifts collected from Essex County College’s Angel Tree Program. The two boxes of donations including baby products, toys and gift cards. Also pictured on the far left are Aqueel Washington, Service Manager, and Pastor Mike Bethune (behind Washington), both from Covenant House.
For the past 25 years, Covenant House New Jersey, located at 330 Washington Street in Newark, has been providing food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and a variety of other important services to homeless, runaway and trafficked youth between the ages of 18-21. For more information, please visit http://nj.covenanthouse.org/