ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — What is the state of racial and economic justice in New Jersey and how can New Jersey residents achieve greater equity? The answer to this and other issues around race and economic justice are the subject of a virtual Town Hall on Sunday, February 28, from 3 - 4:30 p.m.   The Town Hall is hosted by Metropolitan Baptist Church Senior Pastor David R. Jefferson, Sr., Esq, who also serves as a New Jersey State Board Member of the National Action Network.  

Reverend Jefferson said, "The people of New Jersey deserve racial and economic justice on every front. A great deal of work is yet to be done in order to achieve a fair and equitable existence for African Americans in New Jersey - that is why we are hosting this virtual town hall and why we encourage you to tune in to listen to some of our country's and New Jersey leading voices for racial and economic justice."  

The Town Hall will be led by nationally syndicated talk show host Roland Martin, whose daily digital show, #Roland Martin Unfiltered, is a leading show in this digital space.  Martin will be joined by the President of the National Urban League, Marc Morial, who will deliver a keynote on the subject.  Also participating in the town hall are Ryan Haygood, President/CEO of the New Jersey Institute of Social Justice and Jacob Walthour, Jr. Co-Founder/CEO of Blueprint Capital Advisors, LLC.  

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Senator Ronald L. Rice, President of the NJ Black Legislative Caucus will also join in the discussion on what's next for Black New Jersey.  The Town Hall is sponsored in part by the Positive Community magazine.  

Reverend Jefferson added, "This is not a Black History Month program, this is a program for the average person to understand issues of inequality surrounding race and economics and why we as African Americans still struggle to be at the table and in the boardrooms.  If there were ever a time for us to demand justice, it is today, which is why we have brought together national and New Jersey leaders to help you develop a roadmap of what you can do individually and what we can do collectively to achieve economic and racial justice."  

The Virtual Town Hall is free and will be featured on You Tube, and Facebook live at @MBCNewarkNJ.  Metropolitan Baptist Church can be found online at