We held our first event which was a Fundraiser on Thursday, October 3, 2013
157th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR AN UNSUNG CIVIL RIGHTS HERO
at the Celestial Lodge located ar 141 Drs. James Parker Blvd in Red Bank
Our Guest Speakers included Dr. Jennifer Moses, Fortune Scholar,
University of Delaware; Peter Primavera, Preservation Consultant;
George Bowden, Red Bank Historic Preservation Commission;
Al James, Red Bank Mens Club and Linda Shockley, of the National Association
of Black Journalists. Fortune's Writings were on Display
Guests received a T. Thomas Fortune House lawn sign to display
Red Bank's Own Chuck Lambert provided music to lift our souls
A Light dinner was served.
Our Second Event and Our First People Speak LIVE!, was held at
Red Bank Library on Thursday, December 12, 2013.
Participating as Speakers were Red Bank Councilman, Ed Zipprich who
did a salute to Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials;
Community leader and educator, Isabel Lopez saluted Supreme Court Justice,
Sonia Sotomayor; Frank Talk Executive Producer, Gilda Rogers paid homage to
poet, Nikki Giovanni; Phyllis Ledbetter, Director of Asbury Park High School
Youth Services Program, saluted the Congresswoman from Texas, Barbara Jordan;
Red Bank Regional High School graduate, John McMahon, presented the
legacy of human rights activist, T. Thomas Fortune to life;
Actress and educator, Lorraine Stone, paid homage to
Sojourner Truth; Community activist, Sarah Klepner saluted Joanna Macy; Robert Rechnitz,
retired educator, author and founder of Red Bank’s Two River Theater Company stepped in
at late moment's notice to read a letter by author and
playwright Lillian Hellman. Michael McCall rounded out the event with a
memorable excerpt that honors the voice of Madiba Nelson Mandela .
We had as narrator, the award winning journalist and
Comcast television personality, Candace Kelley
Our event was made possible by Frank Talk Multimedia Network,
the T. Thomas Fortune Project and the Red Bank Public Library
It was a well attended community-spirited uplifting and educational event.
The People Speak is a 2009 American documentary feature film narrated
by historian Howard Zinn and is based on his books
A People's History of the United States and, with Anthony Arnove,
Voices of a People's History of the United States
Pictures below are form the December 12th event
In February 2014, we held our second People Speak Event, "Voices of The People Speak"
held in honor of Black History Month at various locations
On Saturday, February 22, our first location was at
Asbury Park High School with the voices of Gilda Rogers
and Lorraine Stone from the T. Thomas Fortune Project;
Tylik Railey and Johnelle Bass, National Spoken Word Artists;
Keith DeShawn Bellamy, winner McDonald's Gospel Competition.
It was presented by The SPOT at the Asbury Park High School
On Sunday, February 23, our second location was at
St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Red Bank
We wrapped things off on Tuesday, February 25th with
Lunch Break in Red Bank as our third and final location
On March 26, 2014, The Long Branch Free Public Library and Long Branch Historical
Association presented “T. Thomas Fortune” at the main library at 328 Broadway.
Black history advocate and actress Lorraine Stone discussed efforts to preserve the
Red Bank home of T. Thomas Fortune, an influential black publisher,
writer and civil rights organizer. Fortune’s home is
a National Historic Landmark. Light refreshments were served
We were proud to have been asked to present this
educational and informative discussion
Pictures below are the flyer and Lorraine speaking at the event