NEWARK, NJ — Student representatives from the West Orange High School (WOHS) Unity Club, Student Council and African American Heritage Club recently attended the ninth annual Garvey/Nkrumah Lecture Series, featuring Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.

The students attended the lecture at the invitation of Dr. Akil Khalfani, a West Orange resident and director of the Africana Institute and Associate Professor of Sociology at Essex County College (ECC). The lecture, which was held at ECC in Newark, focused on Pan Africanism and the political, historical and cultural issues related to Pan Africanism as well as civic activism.

After Baraka spoke about several of these issues, Dr. Khlafani brought the WOHS delegation to ECC’s Africana Institute to view African art and to discuss culture, history, art, mathematics and the importance of Africa in both the past and in the present.

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"Our students learned first hand the value of education, the need for their skills to better help our society and the importance of African culture throughout history," said WOHS Supervisor of Social Studies Michael Figueiredo. "I would like to thank Dr. Khalfani, Mayor Baraka and Dr. Munroe not only for the educational opportunity but helping our students understand the importance and the potential impact they can have in today's society.”

Pictured above are:

Bottom Row: Dr. Munroe (President of ECC), Mayor Baraka

Top Row: Dr. Khalfani, Dr. Cascone, Michael Figueiredo, and Daniel Capriola with WOHS delegation.