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MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry Energizes Audience of 500 at the National Council of Jewish Women/Essex Opening Event

Pictured are Donald and Ellen Legow with Melissa Harris-Perry, and (far right) Karen Cherins, of West Orange, President, NCJW/Essex. Credits: supplied by the NCJW/Essex
Pictured (left to right): Doris Spector of West Orange, program chair, Carla Boden of Short Hills, vice president, programming, Melissa Harris-Perry and Ellen Barocas of Cedar Grove, program chair. Credits: supplied by NCJW/Essex

LIVINGSTON, NJ – On Nov. 14, the Essex County Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) enjoyed a packed house at its 2013 Opening Event, which was held at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange.

The event featured Melissa Harris-Perry, the host of the “Melissa Harris-Perry Show,” on MSNBC, who is also an award-winning author and columnist for The Nation, a professor of political science at Tulane University, and the founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project, which investigates how gender and race intersect to shape women’s politics in the South.

Harris-Perry discussed, “The Dynamics of Media, Politics and Gender,” with an eye toward current affairs facing our nation. She noted that women have made significant progress in the political arena but are still "relative newbies in the game of American politics" and that the struggle continues.

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According to the NCJW, Harris-Perry’s unique perspective comes not only from hosting her own show on MSNBC, but also from her experience providing expert commentary on U.S. elections, gender concerns, racial issues and religious questions for a variety of media outlets.

“Melissa Harris-Perry offered a thoughtful look into politics and gender in today’s society,” said Karen Cherins, president NCJW/Essex. “Her point of view on the pressing issues facing America today was insightful and sobering. Women still have work to do to be fully recognized in the political arena. ”

 About the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.  With more than 3,200 members, Essex County Section is the largest of the more than 100 NCJW Sections around the country. The Section was founded in 1912 and maintains offices in Livingston, N.J. For more information, log on to

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