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@thenjamistad thank you for the Teacher Summer Institutes, the NJ Amistad Curriculum website, and the plethora of resources I’ve received 👏🏽#njea #njctoy #njdoe
NJ Amistad Commission
Words cannot express how proud I am that my daughter chose to become a teacher🍎 Today was the start of her 7th year as a NJ teacher! My mission this year as the Essex CTOY is to encourage more people, especially BIPOC, to join me by saying “yes” to a career as a NJ educator. @NJEA East Orange Education Association New Jersey Education Association #NJCTOY #njea NJ Amistad Commission
New Jersey is the FIRST STATE in the nation to require that African-American history be taught in EVERY grade.

Learn more about NJ Amistad Commission: njamistadcurriculum.net

#BlackHistoryMonth
My bill to require Black history to be taught in every grade is now law. Our students have to learn our real history, even if it is uncomfortable. NJ Amistad Commission

The Amistad Commission ensures that the Department of Education and public schools of New Jersey implement materials and texts which integrate the history

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Steve Harvey, Billionaire Robert F. Smith To Offer Grants To Students At HBCUs - AfroTech 11/11/2021

Steve Harvey, Billionaire Robert F. Smith To Offer Grants To Students At HBCUs - AfroTech

Steve Harvey, Billionaire Robert F. Smith To Offer Grants To Students At HBCUs - AfroTech The Harveys will pay it forward in a massive way for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)! Steve and Marjorie...

Photos from The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project's post 10/02/2021

Photos from The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project's post

09/10/2021

On September 29th, 2021 The Amistad Commission is honored to be able to partner in this historic commemoration and remembrance event.

I would like to invite you to join the Amistad Commission as we pay homage and dedicate the Middle Passage Port Marker in Perth Amboy, the second of the two NJ entry point ports that engaged in the international trade of captured and enslaved African peoples.

........ they arrived from all over the African continent, surviving a heart wrenching trek to the shores in coffles, enduring the perilous journey chained at the bottom of ships; to become the forced coauthors of our American story, who were instrumental in the building of this nation, integrally linked to its founding , they were commodified for their skills, and systemically and legally devalued in their personhood for more than 12 generations of enslavement in this nation. Their indomitable spirit permeates our nations triumphs. In Perth Amboy a percentage of those souls that were forced onto the ships that left from Madagascar, Loango, W. Central Africa, and Gambia, disembarked from the bowels of the Mariner’s Adventure, The Catherine, the William, the Sally, and the Africa... and on September 29th, 2021 at 10am we will honor them and have a collective remembrance by placing a marker in the space where they first stepped onto these lands.

I hope that you will join us....

FYI - September 29, 2021, Perth Amboy, NJ, marker unveiling and ceremony: Please see flyer below for more information:

POOL: A Social History of Segregation 08/26/2021

POOL: A Social History of Segregation

Last summer the Amistad Summer Institute dissected spaces and places that were linchpins of segregation policy battlegrounds that were offer left out of the narrative and the textbooks - pools were one space that garnered the most surprise from teachers and led to residual affects in regard to the sheer number of African American youth that NEVER learned to swim because they were denied access to a pool ...

This is an important narrative ..

Generational Causation is real ...

POOL: A Social History of Segregation Interpretive Center Re-Opening Update: Our staff is working diligently to fully re-open just in time for our newest exhibit, POOL. More.

08/21/2021

Stop in now through August 28 and see Sydnei's work!

#bestofocnj #oceancitynj #oceancitynewjersey #ocnj #ocdaily #artinocnj #ocnjsmallbusiness #southjerseyart #localartistspotlight #ocnjhappenings

NJ AMISTAD COMMISSION SUMMER CURRICULUM COURSE CONCLUSION PRESENTING "HER STORY IN 12 BARS" 08/20/2021

NJ AMISTAD COMMISSION SUMMER CURRICULUM COURSE CONCLUSION PRESENTING "HER STORY IN 12 BARS"

NJ AMISTAD COMMISSION SUMMER CURRICULUM COURSE CONCLUSION PRESENTING "HER STORY IN 12 BARS" Join in for the conclusion of the Amistad Commission’s Summer Curriculum Course presenting“ HERSTORY in 12 Bars” "Herstory In 12 Bars" is a mixed media histo...

Timeline Photos 08/17/2021

Timeline Photos

Join Us In Celebration of our 33rd Anniversary at the
32nd Annual Whitesboro Reunion Festival!

08/03/2021

It’s time for our annual Summer Curriculum Institute. Please share this registration information with your various networks!

14th Annual Amistad Commission Curriculum Institute for Educators, Administrators, and Community Stakeholders.

Title- Way Down South, Up North: The History Beneath Our Feet- Exploring the Remnants and Legacies of African American Peoples, Settlements, Established Communities and Institutions from the Formation of the East/West New Jersey Colony- Refuges of Agency and Locations of Hostility

Register today for The Amistad Commission - NJ Department of Education hybrid Summer Curriculum Institute - which will be the 2nd virtual on-line course, which is inclusive ofoptional tours and in person visits to historical sites and will culminate with a live streamed historical performance on Friday, August 20th. We hope that you will join us August 16- 20th, 2021.

Registration and Virtual Curriculum Institute details are here below:

https://forms.gle/i4am75doqTGzue2x9

Admission is rolling and the deadline to Register is Thursday, August 12th, 2021!!!

Juneteenth: (promo) A Celebration of Freedom (PBS Documentary) 06/19/2021

Juneteenth: (promo) A Celebration of Freedom (PBS Documentary)

Juneteenth: (promo) A Celebration of Freedom (PBS Documentary) Produced and Directed by Jim Bailey, Sunset Productions Director of Photography - Mark Susman Edited by Mike Snow Post Production - Fast Cut Films ________ Television…

Timeline Photos 06/19/2021

Timeline Photos

Happy Freedom Day!!! I want to thank @POTUS and my colleagues for making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday! #BuildBackBetter #NJ10thCongressionalDistrict #EssexCounty #UnionCounty #HudsonCounty

06/19/2021
06/19/2021

Juneteenth

04/12/2021

Amistad Commissioner Julia (Judy) Miller, Ed.D.
9/3/28 - 4/3/21

Scholar- educator- social worker - wife- international volunteer- activist- mother- public servant- cultural preservationist - visionary academician- community leader - civil rights engager- board member- mentor - friend ... all terms that describe the life of Dr. Julia Miller. Today the Amistad Commission honors the life and legacy of one of its long-serving Commissioners, Dr. Julia(Judy) Miller, as we mourn her passing. We are humbled and grateful for her many years of active dedication, engagement and support to the mission of the Amistad Commission. Dr. Miller was an appointed Amistad Commissioner for 19 years, serving until her untimely passing. She was the co- founder and director of the Black Studies Department at Seton Hall University. She was appointed to the NJ Select Commission on Civil Disorders and Unrest by Governor Richard Hughes in 1967 following the Newark Riots, she and her beloved husband Don Miller ( the famous artist) desegregated Stanford Place, a section of Montclair New Jersey with their family in 1962. She was a PTA President, a founding member of the NJ Association of Black Educators, and a Trustee of both the Unitarian Church of Montclair and the Turrell Fund. Her service and affiliations were plentiful, Dr. Miller left this earth with her hands empty- she held nothing back and gave of herself willingly and unselfishly.

She will indeed be missed and remembered as a great exemplar of the power of active civic advocacy and engagement from fearless community leaders. Our thoughts go out to her entire family as we offer our prayers and heartfelt condolences.

Governor Murphy will honor her life’s legacy at his 1pm press briefing today.

https://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/12/nyregion/12towns.html

Amistad Commissioner Julia (Judy) Miller, Ed.D.
9/3/28 - 4/3/21

Scholar- educator- social worker - wife- international volunteer- activist- mother- public servant- cultural preservationist - visionary academician- community leader - civil rights engager- board member- mentor - friend ... all terms that describe the life of Dr. Julia Miller. Today the Amistad Commission honors the life and legacy of one of its long-serving Commissioners, Dr. Julia(Judy) Miller, as we mourn her passing. We are humbled and grateful for her many years of active dedication, engagement and support to the mission of the Amistad Commission. Dr. Miller was an appointed Amistad Commissioner for 19 years, serving until her untimely passing. She was the co- founder and director of the Black Studies Department at Seton Hall University. She was appointed to the NJ Select Commission on Civil Disorders and Unrest by Governor Richard Hughes in 1967 following the Newark Riots, she and her beloved husband Don Miller ( the famous artist) desegregated Stanford Place, a section of Montclair New Jersey with their family in 1962. She was a PTA President, a founding member of the NJ Association of Black Educators, and a Trustee of both the Unitarian Church of Montclair and the Turrell Fund. Her service and affiliations were plentiful, Dr. Miller left this earth with her hands empty- she held nothing back and gave of herself willingly and unselfishly.

She will indeed be missed and remembered as a great exemplar of the power of active civic advocacy and engagement from fearless community leaders. Our thoughts go out to her entire family as we offer our prayers and heartfelt condolences.

Governor Murphy will honor her life’s legacy at his 1pm press briefing today.

https://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/12/nyregion/12towns.html

02/22/2021

New Jersey seems to always have a link to history. (I might be slightly partial ) Below is the story of the Wilmington Riots of 1898. Many of you have become familiar with the atrocities that commenced against that African American community in concerted efforts to usurp the democratic process and violently overturn the local elections; white supremacy reigned.
What happened next and how does this story relate to New Jersey? Well , I need to explain the response of the African American community that was scattered and run out of Wilmington, N.C. - the used their agency to create another autonomous haven for themselves.
Led by George Henry White, an attorney, who had moved to Philadelphia after serving as the last black Republican congressman representing North Carolina's 2nd congressional district, strategized with fellow investors including Paul Laurence Dunbar and Booker T. Washington in creating the Land Improvement Company. This company co-joined efforts with the Equitable Industrial Association in Cape May County, to create a self-reliant community for African Americans without the discrimination faced by residents in the southern states as systemic oppressions were re-established. The Association purchased 2,000 acres of land approximately ten miles north of Cape May City, organized an exodus from Wilmington, N.C. to create the African American town of Whitesboro, - Cape May County, New Jersey. By December of 1901, advertisements began appearing for the sale of the lots in magazines such as Colored American, for prospective residents with industrious habits and good character (an emphasis of Booker T. Washington) New residents to the town each got a land allotment of 50 feet by 150 feet (about a sixth of an acre) for a down payment of $5 per lot and a promise to till the land. The George H. White Land Improvement Company reinvested the majority of its profits back into the community, and many of its African American residents were employed by the Improvement Company to construct the community’s first buildings and roads.By 1909 Whitesboro had two churches, an industrial school for children, a railroad station, a post office and a hotel BUILT BY ITS RESIDENTS! The town boasted of continuous growth through the Great Depression and proudly continues to exist with approximately 1,000 residents with bloodlines that hail from many of the original family names. Whitesboro’s most recognizable native son is Stedman Graham.
#NewJerseyHistory
#OprahComesToTheReunionFishFry

New Jersey seems to always have a link to history. (I might be slightly partial ) Below is the story of the Wilmington Riots of 1898. Many of you have become familiar with the atrocities that commenced against that African American community in concerted efforts to usurp the democratic process and violently overturn the local elections; white supremacy reigned.
What happened next and how does this story relate to New Jersey? Well , I need to explain the response of the African American community that was scattered and run out of Wilmington, N.C. - the used their agency to create another autonomous haven for themselves.
Led by George Henry White, an attorney, who had moved to Philadelphia after serving as the last black Republican congressman representing North Carolina's 2nd congressional district, strategized with fellow investors including Paul Laurence Dunbar and Booker T. Washington in creating the Land Improvement Company. This company co-joined efforts with the Equitable Industrial Association in Cape May County, to create a self-reliant community for African Americans without the discrimination faced by residents in the southern states as systemic oppressions were re-established. The Association purchased 2,000 acres of land approximately ten miles north of Cape May City, organized an exodus from Wilmington, N.C. to create the African American town of Whitesboro, - Cape May County, New Jersey. By December of 1901, advertisements began appearing for the sale of the lots in magazines such as Colored American, for prospective residents with industrious habits and good character (an emphasis of Booker T. Washington) New residents to the town each got a land allotment of 50 feet by 150 feet (about a sixth of an acre) for a down payment of $5 per lot and a promise to till the land. The George H. White Land Improvement Company reinvested the majority of its profits back into the community, and many of its African American residents were employed by the Improvement Company to construct the community’s first buildings and roads.By 1909 Whitesboro had two churches, an industrial school for children, a railroad station, a post office and a hotel BUILT BY ITS RESIDENTS! The town boasted of continuous growth through the Great Depression and proudly continues to exist with approximately 1,000 residents with bloodlines that hail from many of the original family names. Whitesboro’s most recognizable native son is Stedman Graham.
#NewJerseyHistory
#OprahComesToTheReunionFishFry

02/19/2021

An important part of #BlackHistoryMonth is history; our communities in Burlington and Ocean Counties are full of important figures and moments in Black History. It's also full of living history - the Still family is one incredible example.

That's why next week, I'll be holding a town hall with members of the Still family and to talk about their incredible legacy in New Jersey. I hope you can join and take part.

The Camden grade school principal is founder of iServe - KYW Newsradio Audio On-Demand - Omny.fm 02/08/2021

The Camden grade school principal is founder of iServe - KYW Newsradio Audio On-Demand - Omny.fm

ChangeMaker..Administrator..Service
Bravo Principal Rahman!

The Camden grade school principal is founder of iServe - KYW Newsradio Audio On-Demand - Omny.fm The Camden grade school principal is founder of iServe which provides free books and story time in local parks. KYW Newsradio's Cherri Gregg has more.

01/19/2021

Interfaith Action Movement - I AM

Join us tomorrow, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. ET, for an educational and engaging conversation about America's Democracy led by Rev. Derrick L. Green and Dr. Stephanie Harris.
#knowledgeispower
#democracy

hbcu-cfnj.com 11/07/2020

HBCU School Search

Attention Parents of College bound Seniors Interested in Historically Black Colleges and Universities- PLEASE SHARE NJ RISING SCHOLARS INFORMATION WITH YOUR NETWORKS.....

https://forms.gle/ZoA2DqqhXjyPtAZEA

The New Jersey Rising Scholars program is accepting applications from seniors across the state for the 2020 virtual New Jersey Rising Scholars program.

The Rising Scholars program is an opportunity to meet virtually with college recruiters participating in the Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair Week commencing on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. This is an opportunity for Pre- screening for university Scholarships and exclusive time online via appointments with HBCU recruiters in order to receive ON-SITE ADMISSIONS to the invited institutions and an opportunity to have application fees waived.

2020 NEW JERSEY RISING SCHOLARS
VIRTUAL RECOGNITION AWARD PROGRAM APPLICATION
( https://forms.gle/ZoA2DqqhXjyPtAZEA)

GUIDELINES & APPLICATION

Academic Year: 2020-2021

Application Due Date: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2020

VIRTUAL EVENT WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2020

VIRTUAL LIVE CHAT DIRECTLY WITH COLLEGE ADMISSIONS COUNSELORS FOR RISING SCHOLARS WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2020

The Amistad Commission - New Jersey Department of Education, is once again coordinating the New Jersey Rising Scholars Award Program that is featured as part of the Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) College Fair of New Jersey to celebrate New Jersey Rising Scholars in a virtual recognition program on November 15, 2020 and November 16th, 2020.

The Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair is the largest HBCU College Fair on the East Coast. During their historic college recruiting week throughout New Jersey they have a proven track record of attendance and college acceptances for more than 12,000 students each year from NJ, NY, PA, DE, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, and VT.

During the COVID-19 pandemic health crisis, the New Jersey Rising Scholar program and the Malcolm Bernard College Fair will continue VIRTUALLY while continuing our college-readiness educational outreach and practicing health and safety standards for the well being of HBCU representatives, students/families and volunteers.

We are now accepting applications from seniors across the state for the 2020 virtual New Jersey Rising Scholars program. It is an excellent opportunity for high achieving NJ students interested in attending a HBCU’s to experience a level of personal attention to the admissions process, gaining appropriate guidance, as well as early acceptance and merit based university scholarships.

Eligibility:
All current high school seniors who are interested in attending any Historically Black College or University
(HBCU) and meet the following criteria:

• Attend a New Jersey public school (including charter schools) or private school or homeschooled;
• Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale or a 3.0 or higher
on a 4.5 scale.; and
• If applicable and taken prior to the COVID19 pandemic - Achieve a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 900 or above (based on 1600 maximum) or 1250 or above (based on 2400 maximum) or ACT score of 20 or above (check specific school requirements for the waiving of their test score requisite due to the COVID19 pandemic)
• Application must be submitted by Wednesday, November 15, 2020.

This year’s virtual fair again features:
• At least 50 HBCU Admissions representatives so students may explore college options
Expert Speakers and Live Virtual Workshops
Engage with colleges DIRECTLY via live and chat in real time
50 HBCU professionals (go to HBCU SEARCH)

SCHOLARSHIPS, APPLICATION FEE WAIVERS and ADMISSIONS AVAILABLE!

The application can be found at the following link:

https://forms.gle/ZoA2DqqhXjyPtAZEA

If you have any questions regarding the fair or the Rising Scholar application, please contact:

The Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair
(732) 305-7003
www.hbcu-cfnj.com.
Or
Stephanie James Harris, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Amistad Commission- NJDOE
[email protected] and [email protected]

( the Amistad Commission offices are currently remote due to the current COVID19 pandemic- email responses will be answered within 24 hours - we currently have faster access to our gmail account)

Notification of acceptance and the zoom link for Sunday, November 15th, 2020 will be sent out to all NJ Rising Scholars on Thursday, November 12th, 2020.

For the virtual admission portal please register for the Monday, November 16th, 2020 virtual Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair at:
http://www.hbcu-cfnj.com/events/2020-11-16-new-jersey-virtual-hbcu-college-fair


For information on all the nation's historically black colleges and universities please visit:
http://www.hbcu-cfnj.com/hbcu-school-search

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