NJ Amistad Commission

The Amistad Commission ensures that the Department of Education and public schools of New Jersey implement materials and texts which integrate the history

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New Jersey seems to always have a link to history. (I might be slightly partial ) Below is the story of the Wilmington Riots of 1898. Many of you have become familiar with the atrocities that commenced against that African American community in concerted efforts to usurp the democratic process and violently overturn the local elections; white supremacy reigned.
What happened next and how does this story relate to New Jersey? Well , I need to explain the response of the African American community that was scattered and run out of Wilmington, N.C. - the used their agency to create another autonomous haven for themselves.
Led by George Henry White, an attorney, who had moved to Philadelphia after serving as the last black Republican congressman representing North Carolina's 2nd congressional district, strategized with fellow investors including Paul Laurence Dunbar and Booker T. Washington in creating the Land Improvement Company. This company co-joined efforts with the Equitable Industrial Association in Cape May County, to create a self-reliant community for African Americans without the discrimination faced by residents in the southern states as systemic oppressions were re-established. The Association purchased 2,000 acres of land approximately ten miles north of Cape May City, organized an exodus from Wilmington, N.C. to create the African American town of Whitesboro, - Cape May County, New Jersey. By December of 1901, advertisements began appearing for the sale of the lots in magazines such as Colored American, for prospective residents with industrious habits and good character (an emphasis of Booker T. Washington) New residents to the town each got a land allotment of 50 feet by 150 feet (about a sixth of an acre) for a down payment of $5 per lot and a promise to till the land. The George H. White Land Improvement Company reinvested the majority of its profits back into the community, and many of its African American residents were employed by the Improvement Company to construct the community’s first buildings and roads.By 1909 Whitesboro had two churches, an industrial school for children, a railroad station, a post office and a hotel BUILT BY ITS RESIDENTS! The town boasted of continuous growth through the Great Depression and proudly continues to exist with approximately 1,000 residents with bloodlines that hail from many of the original family names. Whitesboro’s most recognizable native son is Stedman Graham.


Congressman Andy Kim

An important part of #BlackHistoryMonth is history; our communities in Burlington and Ocean Counties are full of important figures and moments in Black History. It's also full of living history - the Still family is one incredible example.

That's why next week, I'll be holding a town hall with members of the Still family and to talk about their incredible legacy in New Jersey. I hope you can join and take part.

omny.fm 02/08/2021

The Camden grade school principal is founder of iServe - KYW Newsradio Audio On-Demand - Omny.fm

Bravo Principal Rahman!

omny.fm The Camden grade school principal is founder of iServe which provides free books and story time in local parks. KYW Newsradio's Cherri Gregg has more.


Interfaith Action Movement - I AM

Join us tomorrow, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. ET, for an educational and engaging conversation about America's Democracy led by Rev. Derrick L. Green and Dr. Stephanie Harris.

hbcu-cfnj.com 11/07/2020

HBCU School Search

Attention Parents of College bound Seniors Interested in Historically Black Colleges and Universities- PLEASE SHARE NJ RISING SCHOLARS INFORMATION WITH YOUR NETWORKS.....


The New Jersey Rising Scholars program is accepting applications from seniors across the state for the 2020 virtual New Jersey Rising Scholars program.

The Rising Scholars program is an opportunity to meet virtually with college recruiters participating in the Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair Week commencing on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. This is an opportunity for Pre- screening for university Scholarships and exclusive time online via appointments with HBCU recruiters in order to receive ON-SITE ADMISSIONS to the invited institutions and an opportunity to have application fees waived.

( https://forms.gle/ZoA2DqqhXjyPtAZEA)


Academic Year: 2020-2021

Application Due Date: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2020



The Amistad Commission - New Jersey Department of Education, is once again coordinating the New Jersey Rising Scholars Award Program that is featured as part of the Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) College Fair of New Jersey to celebrate New Jersey Rising Scholars in a virtual recognition program on November 15, 2020 and November 16th, 2020.

The Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair is the largest HBCU College Fair on the East Coast. During their historic college recruiting week throughout New Jersey they have a proven track record of attendance and college acceptances for more than 12,000 students each year from NJ, NY, PA, DE, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, and VT.

During the COVID-19 pandemic health crisis, the New Jersey Rising Scholar program and the Malcolm Bernard College Fair will continue VIRTUALLY while continuing our college-readiness educational outreach and practicing health and safety standards for the well being of HBCU representatives, students/families and volunteers.

We are now accepting applications from seniors across the state for the 2020 virtual New Jersey Rising Scholars program. It is an excellent opportunity for high achieving NJ students interested in attending a HBCU’s to experience a level of personal attention to the admissions process, gaining appropriate guidance, as well as early acceptance and merit based university scholarships.

All current high school seniors who are interested in attending any Historically Black College or University
(HBCU) and meet the following criteria:

• Attend a New Jersey public school (including charter schools) or private school or homeschooled;
• Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale or a 3.0 or higher
on a 4.5 scale.; and
• If applicable and taken prior to the COVID19 pandemic - Achieve a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 900 or above (based on 1600 maximum) or 1250 or above (based on 2400 maximum) or ACT score of 20 or above (check specific school requirements for the waiving of their test score requisite due to the COVID19 pandemic)
• Application must be submitted by Wednesday, November 15, 2020.

This year’s virtual fair again features:
• At least 50 HBCU Admissions representatives so students may explore college options
Expert Speakers and Live Virtual Workshops
Engage with colleges DIRECTLY via live and chat in real time
50 HBCU professionals (go to HBCU SEARCH)


The application can be found at the following link:


If you have any questions regarding the fair or the Rising Scholar application, please contact:

The Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair
(732) 305-7003
Stephanie James Harris, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Amistad Commission- NJDOE
[email protected] and [email protected]

( the Amistad Commission offices are currently remote due to the current COVID19 pandemic- email responses will be answered within 24 hours - we currently have faster access to our gmail account)

Notification of acceptance and the zoom link for Sunday, November 15th, 2020 will be sent out to all NJ Rising Scholars on Thursday, November 12th, 2020.

For the virtual admission portal please register for the Monday, November 16th, 2020 virtual Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair at:

For information on all the nation's historically black colleges and universities please visit:


forbes.com 07/24/2020

Sen. Tom Cotton Introduces Bill To Prevent Schools From Teaching 1619 Project

forbes.com Conservatives have long railed against the New York Times Magazine project re-examining America’s legacy of slavery.

nj.com 07/05/2020

Many didn’t gain independence or liberty or freedom on July 4th | Opinion

nj.com On July 5th, 1852, Frederick Douglass - African American preacher, orator, writer and statesman who had previously escaped from his enslavement in Maryland - used the power of his voice to outline the promises in our Declaration of Independence.


New Jersey Young Democrats

Thank you to everyone that joined us for Let Freedom Ring! Virtual Juneteenth Celebration! We were honored to have Dr. Stephanie James Harris present on the history of #Juneteenth! Special thanks to our NJYD Black Caucus for co-hosting this very important and educational event. Additional thanks to the New Jersey State NAACP for joining and sharing remarks. NJ NAACP 2nd VP Crystal Charley Sibley shared some inspiring words!

You can view NJYD's Juneteenth statement along with events happening throughout the state here: http://www.njyoungdems.com/2020_juneteenth_events



Tools to educate yourself and your family on systemic racism in America and to help put current events into context.


African American is American History ...

New Jersey is the FIRST STATE IN THE NATION to require that African-American history be taught in EVERY grade. #BlackLivesMatter

Learn more about The Amistad Commission curriculum:




To my Amistad Family- indulge me today! You have watched my young men grow up! The youngest Jordan will be participating in the NAACP - Camden County East Youth Council Virtual Decision Day ! Tune in and cheer some extremely deserving seniors!!! They are our future....

Here we have Jordan Wilson, our 1st Vice-President give the welcome at last year's state convention. Today he will be announcing what college he will be attending at our virtual decision day on Facebook live at 3:30 p.m.

funtimesmagazine.com 05/06/2020

Ghana: Be Here For A While! Thanks COVID-19 - Fun Times Magazine

Praying for a phenomenal Educator and Amistad Summer Institute Fellow... May your time “safe” in Ghana during this global pandemic be fruitful as you immerse yourself in the beauty of our diaspora culture... please enjoy his beautiful piece.

The concrete remedies that were institutionalized and established in Ghana when Demetrius arrived back in MARCH should be noted - the US STILL isn’t there yet...

funtimesmagazine.com By Demetrius Robinson I have been traveling to Ghana for a few years, first as a tourist, then as an investor. Today, I am fully immersed in the culture within the enclosures of its beautiful borders due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. As an African, I am willing to stay indefinitely, but as an Ame...

tapinto.net 04/27/2020

Donna K. Williams Healed of COVID-19. An Exclusive Interview with Orange Councilwoman Donna K. Williams

tapinto.net (EAST ORANGE/ORANGE) – In an exclusive interview with Orange Councilwoman Donna K. Williams, and candidate for Mayor, TAPinto learned she fully recovered from COVID-19 and walked out of the...

zoom.us 03/25/2020

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zoom.us Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, confer...

kidsactivitiesblog.com 03/17/2020

Here's The Entire List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings

Stephanie James Harris

kidsactivitiesblog.com With schools closing across the nation, parents and educators are in bit of a panic

totallythebomb.com 03/17/2020

Here's 33 National Park Tours You Can Take Virtually From The Comfort Of Your Home

Stephanie James Harris

totallythebomb.com As we are all stuck at home, it's hard figuring out how we will keep the kids entertained. Well, say no more! I've gathered 33 National Park Tours you can virtually. Yes, that means you

codewizardshq.com 03/17/2020

Coding For Kids: Free Classes, Websites, and Apps | Ages 8-18

Stephanie James Harris

codewizardshq.com Free coding resources for kids and teens ages 8-18. Coding for kids and free resources to learn Python, Java, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and more!

si.edu 03/17/2020

Smithsonian Open Access

Stephanie James Harris

si.edu Learn more about Smithsonian Open Access


Copy of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings

Stephanie James Harris


yahoo.com 03/17/2020

Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch

Stephanie James Harris

yahoo.com Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home

weareteachers.com 03/17/2020

64 Awesome Websites for Teaching and Learning Math

weareteachers.com Bookmark this list STAT!

wfla.com 03/17/2020

Scholastic releases free daily courses for kids stuck home amid coronavirus school closures

wfla.com Each day of content is filled with exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. The students can even go on virtual field trips or meet best-selling authors.

pbs.org 02/18/2020

Teaching African-American history in New Jersey's schools | Season 2018 Episode 07/31/2018 | NJTV News

pbs.org The Amistad Commission meets quarterly to promote and protect the law.

njtvonline.org 11/16/2019

Should New Jersey pay reparations for slavery? | Video | NJTV News

The enslavement of Africans and Native Americans is in the DNA of New Jersey and the foundation for the capitalism, economic growth and financial solvency. Enslaved Africans were on New Jersey soil as early as the 1620s, and enslavement was encouraged by the colony’s first constitution, the Concessions and Agreement of 1664/1665- To promote increasing the number of laborers and settlers in order to develop the colony, the colonial government awarded settlers under the HEADRIGHTS system of 60 acres of land for each enslaved transported to the colony.

njtvonline.org Advocates and lawmakers want the state to study the impact and legacy of slavery in New Jersey and take action in the lame-duck session.


Fort Monroe National Monument

Veterans come from all walks of life throughout history. Harriet Tubman, born in 1822, is well known for her role as a successful conductor on the Underground Railroad escorting some 70 enslaved people to freedom.

Tubman served as a scout and spy for the Union army during the American Civil War. On the night of June 2, 1863 she became the first woman to lead an armed assault during the war when she and soldiers from the 2nd South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment raided plantations in South Carolina liberating over 700 enslaved people during the Combahee River Raid. Earl Conrad recounts Tubman’s description of this action in his book, Harriet Tubman:

"And then we saw the lightning, and that was the guns; and then we heard the thunder, and that was the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling, and that was the drops of blood falling; and when we came to get the crops, it was dead men that we reaped."

In the spring of 1865 Tubman would serve briefly as a nurse in the segregated hospital for “Contrabands” and United States Colored Troops at Fort Monroe. She would perform countless acts of bravery, selflessness, and leadership through three years of service to the United States during the war. Though qualified, she would have much difficulty receiving a military pension for her service until Congress passed H.R. 4982 authorizing one in February 1899. Tubman died on March 10, 1913 and was buried with military honors at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, New York.

Harriet Tubman is one of countless men and women who have sacrificed so much on behalf of the United States with the armed forces. May their service always be honored and their deeds remembered.

#harriet #fortmonroe #freedomsfortress #400years #findyourpark #findyourfort

Photo: Library of Congress

medium.com 10/17/2019

Elijah Cummings was a civil rights icon

medium.com Congressional Black Caucus Statement on the Passing of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings

nj.com 09/04/2019

N.J. has the No. 1 public schools in the nation, ranking says

Not only the #1 in the nation but the only state with a operational mandate that requires African American history is fully infused throughout the k-12 curriculum as not a siloed course- but imbedded throughout in its PROPER PLACE so students can learn of our collective contributions to this nation. ❤️🖤💚

nj.com After years of falling behind Massachusetts, New Jersey takes the top spot for the first time.





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