CAMDEN — The Rutgers–Camden Black Law Students Association will honor three community leaders at the 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Champions of Social Justice Awards Banquet on Thursday, Jan. 26.
This year, the honorees are New Jersey Superior Court Judge Gwendolyn Blue, Bruce Main, the president of Urban Promise of Camden, and David Sciarra, the executive director of the Education Law Center in Newark.
The annual banquet recognizes the contributions of individuals whose commitment to social justice and equality invoke the spirit and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It will be held during 6 to 9 p.m. in the Rutgers–Camden Campus Center on Third Street between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
“Over the past 16 years, it has been our honor to recognize individuals both within and outside of the legal community whose commitment to social justice and equality has embodied the vision of Dr. King,” says Molly McNulty, a second-year law student at the Rutgers School of Law–Camden and president of the Black Law Students Association. “Our annual awards banquet is truly a night of reflection, fellowship, and inspiration for everyone in attendance.”
The Champions of Social Justice Awards Banquet has honored 75 community leaders since 1997. A committee of students and faculty advisors representing BLSA considers nominees’ impact on society, public service, length of their service, and leadership qualities
For the past 24 years, Main has led UrbanPromise, first as executive director and now as president. UrbanPromise focuses on equipping children and teens from underserved communities with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership.