By Robert Florida
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, in partnership with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), held its 12th annual Black History Month Celebration, honoring six people who’ve demonstrated extraordinary commitments to the cause of justice.
In his opening remarks, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II said this year’s honorees continue the tradition of the office recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to the Essex County community.
The honorees included keynote speaker Susan D. Wigenton, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey. Amadu Musa, an 8th grader at the Louise Spencer School who is an award-winning orator, also spoke about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
“We congratulate them for their past achievements,” added Stephens, “and encourage them to join the mission of the ECPO: To serve justice, to seek justice, and to do justice.”
Keynote Speaker Susan D. Wigenton, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey.
The other honorees were:
Jerod Glover, Lieutenant of Detectives, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Pamela C. Kearney, Principal Personnel Technician, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Sequoya Martin, Sergeant, Newark Police Department, also serves as the liaison between the Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Ernesto Morillo, Chief of Police, South Orange Police Department.
Reginald Sims, Assistant Prosecutor, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Newark Bronze Shields, Inc., the African American police officer’s association within the Newark Police Department.