SOMERSET, NJ - The Somerset County Democratic Committee Black Caucus (SCDCBC), held its fourth annual Black History Month Celebration at the Franklin Township Senior Citizen Center Saturday afternoon. 

More than 100 people attended, including notable elected officials who represent Somerset County and beyond. This year the SCDCBC celebrated Somerset County Freeholder Director, Shanel Robinson and Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred Scott, both women are the first black women in the state of New Jersey to hold their respective offices. 

Mohamed S. Jalloh, Esq., gave the keynote address on the importance of getting out the black vote.

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Karen Thomas welcomed the audience and Jeff Wright performed master of ceremonies duties. Girl Scout Troop 40263 performed a flag ceremony and Andrea Tatam led the signing of America the Beautiful. 

SCDCBC Chair, Tina Jalloh recognized members of the caucus. 

"These are the people who meet our goals and make our mission and everything happen," Jalloh said. "They worked very hard this year to make sure we got our slate elected... They went out and knocked on doors, made telephone calls, and marketing. This is what we do."

Jalloh also reminded attendees of the upcoming Future Political Leaders Scholarship Luncheon & Caucus Fundraiser on March 7th at the Bridgewater Manor.

During the celebration live music was performed by, 2 Stick International Band, Bryce Gray, William Mcleod, and Syonna Amore’ Rodgers. NJ Orator, Kayla Hill, delivered an original live oratory, and Anisaa Jean-Pierre read an original poem.

Gray performing Lift Every Voice and Sing.

"This event was, in part, about educating the community at large as to how the history of African-Americans is not to be thought of as a separate event(s) in our country's history but rather as a very important and integral part of American history," organizers told TAPinto.

Assemblyman Joe Danielsen, Assemblywoman Linda Carter, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Franklin Mayor Phil Kramer and Somerville Mayor Dennis Sullivan, all addressed the SCDCBC with special greetings. 

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