Black History Month: Vineland African American CDC Host 2 Award Events on Feb. 26


Dr. Keith Miles, superintendent Bridgeton Public Schools and one of the honorees at the event hosted by the Vineland African American CDC. Photo courtesy Dr. Keith Miles.

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VINELAND — The Vineland African American Community Development Corporation will honor individuals in two events Saturday in recognition of Black History Month.

Both events will take place at the Academy of Healthcare Ballroom at 17 West Landis Avenue in Vineland. The Dr. MLK Breakfast will take place at 9 a.m. and the Leading Men and Leading Women Gala will happen at 4 p.m.

The event is being done in connection with the Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Vineland High School AA Classes, the Vineland Public Library, the Greater Vineland NAACP, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Bridgeton Area Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women and the Vineland High School AA Club.


VAACDC will host its Dr. King Breakfast, at the Academy Healthcare Ballroom at 9 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Dr. J.A. McGruder, a Bridgeton native and counselor.

Those being honored at the event include:  

  • Shane Harris
  • Castaysha Lewis
  • Dallas Carper
  • Daneen Winchester
  • Margaret Barker-Brown
  • Tonya Allen-Brown
  • Daeshaun Winchester
  • Alexander Bland
  • Anaysha Rivera
  • Steve Morris
  • Michelle Simmons
  • Hazel Russell
  • Darrin Doss
  • Tonya Corbett
  • Rafael Maysonett
  • Latasha Gentry
  • Amil Still
  • Thomas Russell
  • Asia White
  • Ollie Maddox

Millville High School football Coach Dennis Thomas, will be the keynote speaker at The Leading Men and Leading Women’s Gala at 4 p.m. This fall, he led the Thunderbolts to their second NJSIAA state title.

Dr. Keith Miles, superintendent of Bridgeton Public Schools, leads the list of honorees that also include:

  • Angela Kazmer
  • Dion Colvin
  • Dr. Enlola Ajay
  • Paster Jason Parmer
  • Dr. Celeste Merriweather
  • John Webb
  • Patricia Wallace
  • Paul Spinelli
  • James Cowles

For more information, call 856-297-4505.

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