UNION, NJ – Union resident, Union County Freeholder, Adjunct Professor at Kean University and practicing attorney Mohamed S. Jalloh is to be honored with a Community Service Award at the upcoming Rahway Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. 82nd Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet.
“I am humbled and honored that an organization that I revere and respect has chosen to honor me for something that I believe should come naturally to everyone,” Jalloh said. “The importance of service was instilled in me at a very young age, and I have continued to stress that to my family, friends and students.”
Jalloh, whose family has lived in Union County since 1918, grew up in Roselle and moved to Union three years ago. He holds a B.S. in Communication and African American Studies from Syracuse University, where he was a member of the Talented Tenth Leadership Institute and a founding member of the African American Male Congress Honors Society. He earned his Law degree at the Rutgers University School of Law, where he was a member of the Association of Black Law Students and the Association of Latin American Students.
“I have been a member of various branches of the N.A.A.C.P. since I was 15 years old starting with the Rahway branch, then the Syracuse University branch, then the Metuchen, Edison area branch and the Roselle branch,” said Jalloh. “When I was 16, I won the state competition for Oratory for the N.A.A.C.P. ACTSO competition (through the Rahway Branch) and went to the national competition in Charlotte South Carolina.”
The Freedom Fund event brings together community leaders to celebrate the achievements of America’s oldest and largest Civil Rights Organization, and also highlight the contributions of community leaders that support diversity and inclusion, social justice and the advancement of Civil Rights. This year’s theme for the event is “Our Lives Matter, Our Votes Count.”
Freeholder Jalloh is an Adjunct Professor at Kean University where he has taught negotiation, debate, citizenship, and public speaking. His private law practice is in the City of Linden, where he is also the municipal prosecutor. Jalloh is also on the advisory board for Roselle Catholic High School, and has been a member of various professional and social organizations including the Garden State Bar Association.
Jalloh has received the Distinguished Community Service Award by the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA), and been honored by the Garden State Bar Association with the Young Lawyer Award. He is also the founder of “Civic Knights,” an organization dedicated to inspiring professionals to be active in service.
The awards banquet is Friday, November 4, at Pantagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains. Tickets are available through eventbrite.com by searching Rahway NAACP.