Freehold, NJ  – The Monmouth Vicinage of Superior Court will hold its rescheduled Black History Month program on April 9, from noon to 2 p.m., in the jury assembly room of the Monmouth County Courthouse, 71 Monument Park, Freehold.

Assignment Judge Lawrence M. Lawson will present awards to the winners of the Monmouth Vicinage Black History Month student essay and art contest.  The winners of the art contest are Katelyn Fairlie and Sarah Gunn of Matawan Regional High School.  The essay contest winners are Chloe Sharon Williams of Freehold Borough High School and Angelo J. Tracey of Long Branch High School.

Judge Lawson will be joined on the dais by former New York Giant player Lee Rouson, who will give the keynote address.  Judge Thomas Scully, presiding judge of the criminal division and chair of the EEO/AA Advisory Committee, and Marsi L. Perkins, trial court administrator, also will give remarks.

In addition to honoring the contest winners, the program will honor past pioneers and present role models through modern cultural performances with African-American origins.  Performances will include dance and musical selections by students from the Long Branch School District; step dancing demonstrations by members of the Howell High School Ladies Steppers and the Omega Psi Phi Collegiate Fraternity; an oratorical selection by 12-year-old Wayne Jones, a member of the New Jersey Orators, Neptune Branch; a performance of “We Shall Overcome” by Freehold native Solomon Cobbs and a performance of the African-American anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Judiciary staff person Tarika Jean-Pierre.

The event is sponsored by the Monmouth Vicinage EEO/AA Advisory Committee and the Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns.

Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen, chair of the Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns said, “Through this program we hope to encourage youth to take an interest in the courts and our community, while recognizing their vast talents in honor of Black History Month.”

The program is free and open to the public. Questions may be directed to Tara Williams at (732) 677-4684 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..