MONTCLAIR, NJ - Get involved in your community. Was the overarching message that Montclair NAACP President Albert Pelham gave to the crowd of over 200, during the African-American History Celebration hosted by the Montclair Public Library on Sunday.
The celebration was complete with African drums, dancing, singing and an inspirational message from Pelham.
He encouraged the group to get more involved and run for elected office, support candidates and attend NAACP meetings. Pelham said, "We have to get involved in the process." He added, "There's some serious stuff going on."
"We may have 400 people on our books, but in the end, maybe ten people will come [to a meeting]." Pelham continued, "We have an opportunity to make a change in our community. We just can't wait until it's Black History Month, hear some speeches, listen to Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream' speech, fell good about it for a little while and go home. We have to change."
The Montclair Branch of the NAACP also celebrated their 100th anniversary during the event.
Food was provided by Vital Dining located in Montclair.