Wimberly presents NJDSC Chairman John Currie with Outstanding Political Leader Award

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(L to R) Pastor, Rev. Dr. Randall Lassiter, NJDSC Chairman John Currie and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (Assemblyman Benji Wimberly Facebook photo)
By Bradford Mason
Managing Editor

Assemblyman Benji E. Wimberly recently presented New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) Chairman John Currie with the Outstanding Political Leader Award from Calvary Baptist Church in Paterson.

The presentation was held at the church's Black History Month ceremony, which focused on political awareness and the need for African Americans to take an active role in politics, government and public affairs.

Wimberly, who is member of Calvary Baptist Church, said Currie deserved the award for his years dedication to the community. Currie was elected Chairman of NJDSC in 2013 and has served as the Democratic Chair of the Passaic County Democratic Organization for the last 25 years. He is only the second ever African-American to hold the position of County Chairman in New Jersey. Currie currently serves as a Commissioner on the Board of Elections.

“I can’t think of a more deserving person to receive this award than our Chairman John Currie,” said Wimberly. “The Chairman has devoted his entire life to public service, through politics and is the perfect spokesman for the need for political engagement. I am so proud to be a part of the Calvary Baptist Church family and thank my Pastor, Rev. Dr. Randall Lassiter and the entire congregation for allowing me to speak to them.”

Currie discussed the history of the African American experience during his acceptance speech. He highlighted slavery, segregation and racism today. Currie said that activism in the Black community is needed in order to make and maintain change.

“It was an honor to be presented with this award and to have the opportunity to speak at Calvary Baptist Church,” Currie said. “Political awareness and participation is critical for societal and legislative progress to truly be made. I hope that I was able to get that message across to the congregation on Sunday.”

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