County to Host 10th Annual African American History Month Celebration on Monday
Saturday, February 23, 2013 • 1:00pm
NEWARK, NJ - At the festive celebration, Essex County Register Phil Thigpen will receive the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award and retired Essex County Register Larrie West Stalks will receive the Coretta Scott King Leadership Award. Stalks was the first African American female to be elected Essex County Register.
The event is to take place at 12pm, on the 14th Floor of the Essex County LeRoy F. Smith Public Safety Building, at 60 Nelson Place, Newark.
Anthony Puglisi, from the Office of the Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., released this statement:
On Monday, February 25th, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. will host the 10th Annual African American History Month Celebration. During the ceremony, the County Executive will present the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award to Philip Thigpen, Essex County Register and Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman, and the Coretta Scott King Leadership Award to Larrie West Stalks, retired Essex County Register and the first African American female to be elected Essex County Register. Both of our honorees have made significant contributions to our community and their dedication truly captures the dignity and determination of the King family.
The African American History Month Celebration is part of a year-long cultural series created by County Executive DiVincenzo to highlight Essex County’s diversity. Other cultural celebrations celebrate Irish Heritage, Women’s History, Italian Heritage, Jewish Heritage, Latino Heritage and Portuguese Heritage.
For further information:
County Executive: Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102