WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) will be holding a Black History Month telephone town hall on Friday, February 26 at 12pm. The town hall will focus on the legacy of the Still family, one of New Jersey’s most storied Black families, and will be conducted in partnership with the New Jersey Amistad Commission, the Dr. James Still Historic Office and Education Center and Jacob’s Chapel AME Church.
Residents of Burlington and Ocean Counties can sign up for the Black History Month town hall by clicking here.
Congressman Kim will be joined by Dr. Stephanie James Harris, Executive Director of the NJ Amistad Commission, and descendants of the Still family, Samuel Still and Rev. Terrell Person. Guest speakers will present on brothers Dr. James Still and William Still.
Dr. Still was a self-taught herbalist in Medford, known as the "Black Doctor of the Pines." William Still was an abolitionist and considered the father of the Underground Railroad.
“There is so much about Black history, even right in our own back yard, that goes unnoticed or underappreciated,” said Congressman Kim. “This town hall is an opportunity for all of us to come together and recognize that Black history is New Jersey history, and it’s something worth celebrating beyond this month.”
Last year, Congressman Kim released ‘Lift Every Voice’, a report highlighting issues facing the Black community across New Jersey. The report is informed by a series of listening sessions held by the Congressman that have included a telephone town hall with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on issues facing the Black community, a virtual roundtable discussion on education issues facing the Black community, a roundtable discussion about mental health access in the Black community, a conversation about policing reforms with local mayors and law enforcement officials, a roundtable with Black small business owners, and a virtual forum on discrimination and bias.
The full report can be found on the Congressman’s website by clicking here.