VAACDC to Honor Community Members at 2 MLK Programs


VAACDC's Albert Porter by AC JosepH Media.

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VINELAND — The Vineland African American Community Development Corp. (VAACDC) will be honoring former Cumberland County Commissioners Darlene Barber and Jack Surrency and Puerto Rican Festival President Leonides Nigro in two programs on MLK Day on Jan. 16.

Nigro, who led the return of the wildly successful Puerto Rican Festival this past summer, will be honored with two dozen others at Dr. King Program Breakfast a 17 W. Landis Avenue at 8 a.m. Rev. Joe Colvin, of Union Baptist Church in Bridgeton, will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Others being honored along with Nigro are: Dr. Ronald Williams Jr., Deacon James Johnson Jr., Syreeta Bryant, Angela Morrison, Elder Leroy Harris, Shemar Collins Jynell Harris (posthumously), April Stevenson Kindred, Inesha River, Ray Wharton, Hector Rodriguez, Pastor Nelson Ross, Jamal Hall, Zelricka Kinsley, Derek Tribbett, Yvette Cooper, Janay Harden, Shania Santiago, Ed Fentress, Tamara Peyton, Daquan Cosby, Karen Beachum, Chantel Fraizer and Clyde Hughes.

Barber, who ends her term on the Cumberland County Commissioners this month, and Surrency will both be recognized at the Leading Men and Leading Women Gala at 17 W. Landis Avenue, at 4 p.m. Jovan Guilford will be the keynote speaker.

Others being others at that event include Joyce Nutt, Ron and Sharene Colson, Alithia Tolbert, Miya Miyamoto, Overseer-Des Wayne Slaughter, Rev. Jacqueline Hills, Rev. George Bunton, LaCoya Wallace and Paster John Parker.

Jack Surrency

The Universal African Dance Ensemble and playwriter Ty Lewis will perform at both programs. Portion of the programs will go to the VAACDC Black and Latino Male Institute.

The VAACDC is conducting both events in conjunction with the Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Vineland High School African American Experience Classes, the Greater Vineland NAACP No. 2215, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Vineland Public Library and the Bridgeton Area Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women.

For more information on the two programs call 856-982-6296.

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