The Institute is thrilled to award our largest honor, the Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein Social Justice Award, to Fred D. Gray, Sr., Esq. at our 16th Annual Gala on Nov. 9, 2021.
Join us on November 9 at our 16th Annual Gala – virtual, free and open to all – as we honor some of the voices that have continued to move America and New Jersey Onward!
Last year, more than 10,000 viewed our special celebration. With the stellar line-up we have this year, it’s sure to be just a memorable.
We’ll be honoring:
Fred D. Gray, Sr., Esq., legendary civil rights attorney who represented Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr., Rosa Parks and the victims of the Tuskegee medical experiments;
Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Princeton University professor, MSNBC contributor and author of Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Begin Again, whose powerful commentary on race relations in America has galvanized the nation;
Black Voters Matter, leading national voting rights organization whose foundational work has resulted in record voter registration and turnout in Georgia and whose Freedom Ride for Voting Rights bus tour empowered Black voters across America;
Howard and Meg Jacobs, generous philanthropists whose support has benefited so many New Jersey residents;
and Sheri B. Bronstein, Chief Human Resources Officer for Bank of America, which recently pledged $1.25 billion over the next five years to advance racial equity and economic opportunity.
Don’t miss out! Please RSVP.
In December 2019 – as a result of the collective advocacy of the 1844 No More Campaign led by the Institute – Governor Murphy signed into law voting rights restoration for 83,000 people on probation and parole in New Jersey.
One of those 83,000 was Ron Pierce, the institute’s Democracy & Justice Fellow, whose political voice was silenced for 34 years.
Watch this screening of Voter, a 15-minute documentary about Ron’s journey from a family where voting was everything, to being incarcerated and losing the vote, to becoming a lead voting rights advocate in NJ.
The screening, held with our partners at NJPAC, is complemented by a discussion including remarks from Governor Murphy, Asw. Shavonda Sumter and other people who have had their votes restored.
Watch our Juneteenth panel of Institute experts discussing how to #DoRacialJustice in this critical moment.