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Posted on: February 28, 2018

Honorees from Passaic County's 2018 Black History Month Celebration

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Below are the proclamations for the honorees at the 2018 Passaic County Black History Month Celebration. 

WHEREAS the month of February has been designated as “BLACK HISTORY MONTH”, and in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional African-Americans over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to honor and recognize Dr. Christopher C. Irving; and

WHEREAS Dr. Christopher C. Irving was born and raised in the City of Paterson and is a product of the Paterson Public School system; and

WHEREAS Dr. Christopher C. Irving earned his Bachelors in Arts Degree in Political Science from Ramapo College of New Jersey and his Master’s Degree in Public Policy and International Affairs from William Paterson University, and one of his proudest achievements was the completion of his doctoral research at Seton Hall University; and

WHEREAS Dr. Christopher C. Irving started a consulting group called the Ceceilyn Miller Institute for Leadership and Diversity in America (CMI) based in Bloomfield and CMI has grown to become one of America’s most innovative leadership and diversity training organizations in the field of education and is dedicated to the cause of social justice and leadership development, its programs empower its participants to function more effectively as people and communities; and

WHEREAS over the course of the last ten years, CMI has worked with primary, secondary, and higher education institutions, as well as public and private community-based organizations; and

WHEREAS Dr. Christopher C. Irving was elected to the Paterson School Board in 2010 and has been re-elected to two additional three year terms, and he looks forward to his new role as Executive County Superintendent of Schools for the County of Passaic; and

WHEREAS Dr. Christopher C. Irving has given unselfishly of his time and energy to the community, which has earned him the respect of one and all who come into contact with him; and

WHEREAS Dr. Christopher C. Irving has been involved in many causes throughout the County of Passaic and he has brought honor and prestige not only to himself but to Passaic County as well, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to him for his distinguished service to the community;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby publicly recognizes and applauds Dr. Christopher C. Irving for the significant contributions he has made, and the exemplary service he has unselfishly devoted to the community; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to Dr. Christopher C. Irving for continued success in all his future endeavors.

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WHEREAS the month of February has been designated as “BLACK HISTORY MONTH”, and in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional African-Americans over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to honor and recognize Dr. Gemar Mills; and

WHEREAS Dr. Gemar Mills was born and raised in the City of Paterson, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Math Education from Montclair State University, a Masters of Educational Leadership at the American Intercontinental University and continued his educational and professional development by earning his Ed.D. from Seton Hall University; and

WHEREAS Dr. Gemar Mills embarked on his first leadership role as the Department Chairperson of Mathematics at Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark where he began to fulfill his true passion of educating the youth and after two years in that position Dr. Mills was promoted to Vice Principal and one year later, at the age of 28, Dr. Mills was promoted to Principal of Malcolm X Shabazz High School, one of the most troubled schools in the Newark Public Schools District with a history of low test scores and the possibility of closure; and

WHEREAS Dr. Gemar Mills took on the challenge and fully implemented his strategy of education reform by becoming an accessible and relatable leader for the school community, he accomplished the unthinkable by drastically improving student test scores, creating a safe school atmosphere and guiding the students to believe in themselves, the school and in education; and

WHEREAS under the leadership of Dr. Gemar Mills, the school pride and its sports culture was featured on Sports Illustrated award winning series “Underdogs” and the Star Leger released a series of articles and a documentary authenticating the school’s turnaround; and

WHEREAS Dr. Gemar Mills has received accolades from the Newark Public Schools District, and he was the recipient of the “Passaic Young Professional Award,” “Service and Leadership to the Children of Paterson Award,” “Service and Leadership to the Children of Newark Award,” “35th District Service and Leadership Award,” and “School of Education and Training at JFK Outstanding Service and Leadership in the Paterson Community Award;” and

WHEREAS Dr. Gemar Mills has given unselfishly of his time and energy to the community, which has earned him the respect of one and all who come into contact with him; and

WHEREAS Dr. Gemar Mills has been involved in many causes throughout the County of Passaic and he has brought honor and prestige not only to himself but to Passaic County as well, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to him for his distinguished service to the community;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby publicly recognizes and applauds Dr. Gemar Mills for the significant contributions he has made, and the exemplary service he has unselfishly devoted to the community; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to Dr. Gemar Mills for continued success in all his future endeavors.
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WHEREAS the month of February has been designated as “BLACK HISTORY MONTH”, and in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional African-Americans over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to honor and recognize Dr. Jason Williams; and

WHEREAS Dr. Jason Williams was born in the City of Passaic, he grew up in the Alfred Speer Village Housing Project and was raised by his maternal grandmother; and

WHEREAS the experiences of living in public housing, poverty and a single parent home are what led Dr. Jason Williams to his commitment to social justice and the study of criminal justice and law; and

WHEREAS at an early age, Dr. Williams was introduced to the importance of sustained activism by elders in the community on issues involving housing, food and education insecurities and he developed an affinity for philosophy and a strong propensity for questioning inequality and the mechanisms that create and sustain social-economic and racial disparities; and

WHEREAS after graduating from Passaic High School, he attended New Jersey City University where he earned a BS and MS in Criminal Justice, he credits New Jersey City University with preparing him for a lifelong commitment to both social and academic activism; and

WHEREAS Dr. Jason Williams earned his Doctorate in Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University and thereafter was employed by Fairleigh Dickinson University where he worked for three years and he is currently employed by Montclair State University since 2016; and

WHEREAS Dr. Jason Williams has published works on race, justice, social control and social justice and he is in the process of finishing book projects and journal articles; and

WHEREAS Dr. Jason Williams has given unselfishly of his time and energy to the community, which has earned him the respect of one and all who come into contact with him; and

WHEREAS Dr. Jason Williams has been involved in many causes throughout the County of Passaic and he has brought honor and prestige not only to himself but to Passaic County as well, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to him for his distinguished service to the community;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby publicly recognizes and applauds Dr. Jason Williams for the significant contributions he has made, and the exemplary service he has unselfishly devoted to the community; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to Dr. Jason Williams for continued success in all his future endeavors.
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WHEREAS the month of February has been designated as “BLACK HISTORY MONTH”, and in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional African-Americans over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to honor and recognize Ronald Van Rensalier; and

WHEREAS Ronald Van Rensalier was elected to the Passaic School Board in 2006, he serves on the District Operations Committee, and he is also a delegate for the NJSBA Delegate Assembly; and

WHEREAS Ronald Van Rensalier serves as the Director of the Passaic Community Development Department where he brings a strong understanding of the community’s needs to the Board of Education; and

WHEREAS Ronald Van Rensalier is involved in the areas of housing, zoning, planning, construction and community affairs; and

WHEREAS Ronald Van Rensalier has dedicated his time to many civic organizations in the City of Passaic, including the Passaic Police Athletic League, Passaic Boys and Girls Club and the Urban Enterprise Zone, he is the former president of Passaic For the Kids, Inc. and has served as a Commissioner on the Board of Adjustment, and he is also the cofounder of the Huntoon-Van Rensalier Underground Railroad Foundation, an organization dedicated to recognizing racial cooperation and civic accomplishment; and

WHEREAS Ronald Van Rensalier is an Urban Studies Graduate from Rutger’s University and he has a special interest in the impact of schools in neighborhoods, he brings a steadfast belief that the schools are the cornerstones of the community, both socially and economically, and as a Board member, he advocates for student safety and operational excellence; and

WHEREAS Ronald Van Rensalier’s motto is “100% for the Kids” and he goes further to say “We need to continue to focus our attention on our students and build a school system based around their needs;” and

WHEREAS Ronald Van Rensalier has given unselfishly of his time and energy to the community, which has earned him the respect of one and all who come into contact with him; and

WHEREAS Ronald Van Rensalier has been involved in many causes throughout the County of Passaic and he has brought honor and prestige not only to himself but to Passaic County as well, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to him for his distinguished service to the community;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby publicly recognizes and applauds Ronald Van Rensalier for the significant contributions he has made, and the exemplary service he has unselfishly devoted to the community; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to Ronald Van Rensalier for continued success in all his future endeavors.
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WHEREAS the month of February has been designated as “BLACK HISTORY MONTH”, and in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional African-Americans over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to honor and recognize Dr. Terrence L. Love; and

WHEREAS Dr. Terrence L. Love was born in Paterson and moved to the City of Passaic where he has resided for over 40 years; and

WHEREAS Dr. Terrence L. Love graduated from Passaic High School where he was a standout student-athlete in basketball, football and track, he earned his Bachelors Degree at William Paterson University and completed his Teacher’s Certification and Masters Degree at S. Pater’s College and earned his Doctorate Degree in Urban Education; and

WHEREAS Dr. Terrence L. Love worked as a Supervisor for the Division of Youth and Family Services and has been employed by the Passaic Public Schools System for the past 17 years where he served as a second grade teacher for eight years and a Program Director of the “Quality of Life Program” funded by 21st Century Community Learning Centers for five years, he currently serves as a Principal with the Passaic Public Schools; and

WHEREAS Dr. Terrence L. Love has coached many levels of sports, including varsity football before realizing that coaching flag football was his passion and he continues to coach flag football despite his extremely hectic schedule; and

WHEREAS Dr. Terrence L. Love is active in many civic organizations including the Passaic Optimist, the Black Forum of Passaic, NAACP, International Free and Accepted Modern Masons and the Order of Eastern Star, Inc., Omega PSI PHI Fraternity Lambda Upsilon Chapter and he served as a State Ambassador for the New Jersey School Age Coalition and he is also the founder of the Passaic African American Celebration Committee and Loves Youth Services; and

WHEREAS Dr. Terrence L. Love was elected to the Passaic City Council in 2009 where he received the highest number of votes and continues to serve as a Councilman; and

WHEREAS Dr. Terrence L. Love has given unselfishly of his time and energy to the community, which has earned him the respect of one and all who come into contact with him; and

WHEREAS Dr. Terrence L. Love has been involved in many causes throughout the County of Passaic and he has brought honor and prestige not only to himself but to Passaic County as well, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to him for his distinguished service to the community;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby publicly recognizes and applauds Dr. Terrence L. Love for the significant contributions he has made, and the exemplary service he has unselfishly devoted to the community; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to Dr. Terrence L. Love for continued success in all his future endeavors.
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