By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
OCEAN CITY — Stephanie James Harris, PhD, executive director of the Amistad Commission with the New Jersey Department of Education, will be the keynote speaker at the Cape May County NAACP Freedom Gala at The Flanders Hotel 6 p.m. in Ocean City on March 19.
The black-tie event will include cocktails, a program and dinner. The event is the annual premier fundraiser for the Cape May County NAACP.
The Amistad Commission ensures that the Department of Education and public schools of New Jersey implement materials and texts which integrate the history and contributions of African-Americans and the descendants of the African Diaspora.
Cape May Police Chief Dekon Fashaw, the first African American appointed police chief in the city, will be one of seven people honored at the gala.
In February last year, Fashaw was named chief, becoming the first Black police chief for the City of Cape May, which also polices the surrounding boroughs of West Cape May and Cape May Point. A 20-plus-year veteran of the Cape May Police Department, he has lived in the area since 2.
Fashaw is also a battalion chief for the Townbank Fire Company in Cape May County.
Other honorees include:
- Theodore Bryan, a teacher and department chair at Middle Township High School
- Howard “Chip” Harshaw, president of Southern New Jersey Buffalo Soldiers
- Juanita Jones, educator and advocate counselor, foster mother and adoptive parent
- Josh Mercado, president and founder of the No Limits Academy
- Martina Singleton, director of Sexual Assault Services Coalition Against Rape and Abuse, Inc.
- Felicia Smith, former executive producer of the “Just Between Us” talk show.
For more information about tickets and the event, contact 609-425-3937 or www.cmcnaacp.org.
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