Essex County Prosecutor’s Office To Celebrate Black History Month on Wednesday


Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in partnership with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) will hold a virtual Black History Month Celebration, honoring individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the cause of justice.

The event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 24 starting at 5 p.m.

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“In as much as Black History is American History, it is vitally important that all take time to learn, in some cases, and celebrate, in other cases, the rich and invaluable contributions African Americans have made to the greatness of America,’’ said Acting Prosecutor Stephens.

Founded by historian Carter G. Woodson, initially as “Negro History Week,’’ it is now known as Black History Month and is a federally recognized monthlong celebration during February.

Woodson, who is most famous for his book The Mis-education of the Negro, and was the second African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University, thought it was necessary because he believed a people who did not know their history would perish.

The keynote speaker for the ECPO event will be Anthony Johnson, award-winning reporter from Eyewitness News WABC NY.

The 2021 awardees are:

Dara Govan, Assistant United State Attorney, Chief of the Frauds Unit. Govan was recently nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy to be a Superior Court Judge in Union County. If confirmed by the state Senate, she would be the first female African American Superior Court judge in Union County.

Althia R. Tweiten, a former Newark educator and research coordinator. She also owns a company called T-shirts Plus.

Darrell Terry, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Newark Beth Israel Hospital.

William Payne is a former Assemblyman. He is currently the a Essex County Deputy Chief of Staff.

Chelsea Coleman, Assistant Prosecutor, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

George Destin, Sergeant, East Orange Police Department.

Jaison Frazier, Sergeant, Montclair State University Police Department.

Ain Green, Detective, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Shelia Hobson, Lieutenant (Ret.) Essex County Prosecutor’s Office / NOBLE Chaplain.

Kecia Richardson-Gilbert, Legal Assistant, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office

Todd Warren, Police Director, City of Orange.

Tyrone Williams, Lieutenant, Montclair Police Department.

Anthony Woodson, Deputy Chief, East Orange Police Department / COP2COP.

Anthony F. Ambrose, Public Safety Director, City of Newark.

Members of the press and public are welcome to join on Facebook.