Newark’s Future: The Coalition of Effective Newark Public Schools’ Community Cookout

Adebunmi Gbadebo; Creative Development & Marketing Intern - The Gem Project, Inc.

On June 15, 2013, The Gem Project attended The Coalition of Effective Newark Public Schools’ community cookout event. It was a joyous occasion that united the Newark community to discuss the current state of the city’s public school education. It was held at the backyard of the Newark Teachers’ Union building;  located at 1019 Broad Street Newark, NJ. Several teachers, parents, students, politicians, community organizers  and organizations attended.

Speakers included: Junius Williams esq., executive director of Abbott Leadership Institute; Antoinette Baskerville-Richardson, chair of the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board;  Senator Ronald L. Rice and Councilman Ras Baraka.



Special thanks to Kaleena  Berryman of The Abbott Leadership Institute, for the invitation!


See some photos below:

Junius Williams, Esq.




Antoinette Baskerville-Richardson

Senator Ronald L. Rice

Councilman Ras Baraka

2013 Candidate, Lynda Lloyd "Daughter of Newark" for Councilwoman-At-Large (Newark)

2013 Candidate Lynda Lloyd "Daughter of Newark" for Councilwoman-at-Large (Newark)

Lead. Be Brazen–

  • “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Lead. Be Resilent–

  • “The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.” – Elaine Agather

Lead. Be Strong–

  • “Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.” -Barack Obama