MONTCLAIR, NJ - The George Inness Annex cafeteria was packed on Thursday. The occasion? Two beloved Montclair community members were being honored by Montclair High School (MHS) students.

Live music. Food. Family and friends. The perfect combination for a joyous African-American History Month celebration of Two African-Americans dedicated to working actively to better the Montclair community were recognized during an appreciation dinner.

Wilhelm Young, Deputy Chief of Montclair Police Department, and Nedra Clark, recently retired MHS guidance counselor, were recognized by the Civics and Government Institute (CGI) at Montclair High School (MHS) during an awards presentation in their honor.  This is the 12th annual African-American Achievement Dinner hosted by the group.

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Guests were serenaded a cappella style by the Passing Notes and the MHS Madrigal Choir, African drums were played and thought-provoking poetry readings topped the agenda for the night.

As the honorees rose to accept their awards, they expressed gratitude for the recognition.  

All proceeds will go towards The CGI Minority Scholarship Fund, says organizers.