(TRENTON) – Paying tribute to African-American leaders across Atlantic County working to make a difference in their communities, Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and John Armato (both D-Atlantic) awarded commemorative resolutions to 97 community advocates, faith leaders and local elected officials in honor of Black History Month.
“Though we could not gather in person to celebrate Black History Month this year, we wanted to show our appreciation to the many activists, mentors, coaches, pastors, educators and other African-American leaders working to make Atlantic County a better place to live, work and visit,” said Mazzeo. “These resolutions represent a small token of our gratitude for their service.”
Among those honored include representatives from Unite Here Local 54’s Black Leadership Committee; members of the Atlantic City and Mainland/Pleasantville chapter of the NAACP; coordinators from Princess Inc, a nonprofit dedicated to youth empowerment; and local elected officials such as Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small and Pleasantville Mayor Judy Ward, the first female African-American mayor in Atlantic County.
Assemblymen Mazzeo and Armato will be recognizing the honorees throughout February on their Facebook and Twitter pages.
“Black History Month is about elevating Black voices and recognizing the contributions of African-Americans in our history and communities. Atlantic County is made better by the countless Black leaders working to impact change and improve the lives of hardworking families,” said Armato. “The nearly 100 people recognized in this initiative represent a fraction of the African-American trailblazers in our county, particularly those who have stepped up to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
To learn more about the leaders, follow Assemblymen Mazzeo and Armato on Facebook: @Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo and @Assemblyman John Armato, and on Twitter: @VinceMazzeo and @AsmJohnArmato.