(Trenton)- Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly (D- Bergen, Passaic) reflects on the life and endurance of hope in the following statement on the passing of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, an activist, former boxer and a Paterson native:
“Mr. Carter’s life was a faithful testament to Dr. King’s quote, ‘The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.’ His legacy was built on his tenacity and strength which he used to help himself and then, most importantly, to help others.
“From trials to triumphs, Rubin’s journey underscores the power of choosing hope over despair and using hope effectively to fight for justice for all people. His courageous, unwavering dedication to equality and freedom inspired all who knew him and his story.
“My family and I extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Carter and to all who mourn this great loss. Rubin “Hurricane” Carter will forever live on in the hearts of the people of Paterson.”