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The New Brunswick Area Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NBAB NAACP) will pay tribute to the American Conference on Diversity’s President & CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley. On Saturday, October 8, she will receive this year’s Corporate Diversity Community Service Award at the annual Freedom Fund Luncheon.

“This is such a wonderful honor coming from the oldest social justice organization in our country! I am so humbled to receive this recognition,” says Ms. Williams-Riley. “I do this work not for awards and accolades, but for the desire to make this society a better place for all of us – not just some of us.”


Elizabeth Williams-Riley participating on LinkedIn’s dynamic “Trailblazers in Diversity” panel discussion, part of the technology giant’s InDay focused on diversity & culture.

The NBAB NAACP’s executive committee selection was based on Ms. Williams-Riley’s important and passionate community service work locally and nationally in the area of promoting tolerance and diversity. “We also realize that you would not be able to function so well if you did not have a deep personal commitment to serving others,” states NBAB NAACP President Bruce Morgan and Freedom Fund Luncheon Chairperson Diane Hawkins.

This year’s Freedom Fund Luncheon, “Our Lives Matter. Our Votes Count,” will be held at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens (771 Somerset Street/Route 27, Somerset, NJ 08873) from 11:15 am to 3:00 pm. The keynote speaker is Richard T. Smith, President of the New Jersey State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a well-known human-rights activist.

In addition to honoring Ms. Williams-Riley with the Corporate Community Service Award, the following individuals and organizations will be recognized:

  • Seth Kaper-Dale Pastor Reformed Church of Highland Park (Religious Advocacy Award)
  • Bonnie Watson Coleman & Frank Pallone (Political Action Award)
  • Barbara Bernard (Mary McLeod Bethune Educator Award)
  • 100 Black Men of New Jersey, Inc. (Community Service Award)
  • Ashton Burrell (New Brunswick Area Branch President’s Award) 

Luncheon tickets are $65 for adults and $30 for youth under 18. Tickets purchased by September 16th will receive a $5 discount and cost $60. Supporting this event enables the NBAB NAACP to award scholarships to deserving graduating high school seniors from Middlesex and Somerset counties, and allows the organization to continue to serve the community.

To purchase tickets online, please visit: https://nbnaacp_43rd_freedom_fund_luncheon.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact: Luncheon Chairperson Diane Hawkins at 732-253-0736, Branch Secretary Deborah Morgan at 732-325-7102, or Branch President Bruce Morgan at 732-539-8509. Advertising opportunities are also available and can be emailed to nbnaacpffd@gmail.com.

About the NBAB NAACP

The New Brunswick Area Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NBAB NAACP) is one of more than 2,000 NAACP local units nationwide. The branch was chartered to serve the following municipalities: Bound Brook, East Brunswick, Franklin Township (Somerset County), Highland Park, Hillsborough, Middlesex Borough, Milltown, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Piscataway, Sayreville, Somerville, South Brunswick, and South River. For more information, please visit https://nbanaacp.wordpress.com.

About the American Conference on Diversity

The American Conference on Diversity is dedicated to building just and inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities through awareness, education, and advocacy. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1948 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Today the programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders, enhancing our workplaces, and helping to create inclusive communities. Visit www.AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org to learn more.


Gail Zoppo

Media Relations Consultant

109 Church Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901