UNION, NJ – Two Union and one Elizabeth residents were honored on Sunday at Saint Paul’s Calvary United Church of God’s Black History Month Salute, “Making a Difference 400 Years Later”.
Rev. Dr. Samuel M. Wright, Jr. and Bertha Little-Mathews, along with Elizabeth resident Kim Nesbitt Good, were the honored at the luncheon event which included music, a recitation, dance and prayer.
“During Black History Month, we honor the experience and achievements of African Americans throughout our history and those today, whose great work to our communities has been a great triumph,” said Union Mayor Michele Delisfort. “I am pleased to honor three people who have come together to make a difference in some many areas in our community.”
Little-Mathews retired with 30 years of service at AT&T. She is currently the President of BLM Consultants, LLC, and serves as the Director of Community Development for the Township of Union, as well as serving as the township’s Relocation Officer.
Little-Mathews served on the Board of Directors of the Union Township Community Action Organization, Inc., and is Vice Chairperson of Union Township’s Municipal Democratic Committee and 3rd Vice Chair of the County of Union’s Democratic Committee. She is a member of the Bethel AME Church in Vauxhall, where she serves on the Board of Stewards Ministry.
“I am honored and blessed to be recognized this afternoon,” said Little-Mathews. “I think Black History Month is very important for the education of our children. I am grateful for this opportunity.”
Rev. Dr. Samuel M. Wright, Jr., was ordained to the Diaconate Ministry in 1980. He has been pastor of Union Chapel Church since October 2000. Wright serves as a conference and motivational speaker. He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Black African American Counselors, the United Clergy of Vauxhall. He is the Chairman of the Union Township Human Relations Commission.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to receive this award,” said Wright. “Of the utmost importance is recognition of my attempts to service the church and the community. It’s a great honor; it’s very humbling to see all of these people come and support me. I look forward to continuing to serve Union in the best way I can.”
Kim Nesbitt Good, a lifelong resident of Elizabeth, and the proprietor of the Nesbitt Funeral Home in that city. She is the co-founder of “Friends”, an organization of Black Women committed to uplifting the Black community and she received the Presidential Pin from President Barack Obama. In 2011, Good was invited to a luncheon with First Lady Michelle Obama.
“I’m so grateful to be here today and to be honored with these two other great individuals,” said Good, “in celebration of our history. I want to thank this great church and the city of Union.”