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N.J. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver recognized by Black Caucus Foundation

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SOURCE: Associated Press

The first black woman to head New Jersey’s Assembly will be honored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington.

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver will receive the organization’s Phoenix Award this fall. The award is given to people who make significant contributions to society.

Other honorees this year are entertainer Harry Belafonte, journalist Simeon Booker and choreographer Judith Jamison.

Past recipients include Wyclef Jean, the musician who is now running for president in Haiti; actress Cicely Tyson; and then-Sen. Barack Obama.

Oliver was sworn in as New Jersey’s 169th Assembly speaker on Jan. 12. She is the just the second black woman to lead a legislative house in America.

She was elected to the Assembly in 2003 and has been re-elected three times.


Written by Symphony

August 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm

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