Newark Councilman Cory Booker to Celebrate Black History Month at NJIT Feb. 5

NEWARK, Feb. 1 - Newark Councilman Cory Booker, 31, the youngest member ever elected to the Newark Municipal Council, will be the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies, Monday, February 5, for Black History Month at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

The ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m. when the African-American flag will be raised on the NJIT campus green. Following the flag raising, Melsha Winchester, North Bergen, a senior, will lead participants inside the Kupfrian Hall theater in the black national anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Booker will speak at noon.

Other ceremony participants include William Van Buskirk, provost and acting dean at NJIT, James Credle, associate dean at Rutgers Newark, The State University of New Jersey, and Tony Howell, executive director of the NJIT Educational Opportunity Program. Participating students include Gladstone Reid, Paterson, a junior, and Darlene
Clovis, East Orange, a sophomore, who will both serve as masters of ceremonies.
Booker will discuss his career and issues facing African-Americans in the workplace. He will stress the importance of African-American youth developing leadership skills.

Booker was elected to his first term on the Newark Municipal Council in 1998. Since then, Booker has earned a reputation as a community activist, problem-solver, and advocate for social justice. His work on behalf of Newark has been featured by Time magazine and the CBS Evening News. During the summer of 2000, Booker lived in a mobile home so that he could move to areas of his ward to address problems. In 1999, Booker and supporters spent 10 days fasting in a tent near a drug-infested housing complex to garner support for an increased police patrols and neighborhood security.

Prior to his election, Booker earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in sociology from Stanford University, Stanford, CA. He is a former New Jersey Player of the Year and high school All-American in football.

For information about opening day events, contact Talina Knox, NJIT Murray Women's Center, at 973-642-4671.

NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering,
New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science.


According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive years. U.S. News and World Report's 1999 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT among the nation's top universities, and Money magazine's most recent issue of Best College Buys rated NJIT as the sixth best value among U.S. science and technology schools and among the top 100 overall. In September 1999, Mademoiselle ranked NJIT as the second most Internet-connected university in the nation.

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