Civil rights activist saluted at N.J. black history event

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie honored some trailblazers Thursday during an event to mark Black History Month.

    The governor also used the event to push for one of his education initiatives.

    Christie honored Trenton civil rights activist Edith Savage Jennings for her role in the struggle for equality. The governor said education is the final frontier in that struggle.

    “Every child in this state deserves an opportunity to dream dreams as big as the God-given talents they have will permit them to dream, and its time for incrementalism is over,” he said. “It’s not working.”

    • WHYY thanks our sponsors — become a WHYY sponsor

    Christie told the gathering at the Trenton War Memorial that he wants to sign legislation to provide equal opportunity in education for every child. He has proposed a voucher program for students in the state’s poorest districts. While the reforms may be politically unpopular, Christie said they are the right thing to do.

    WHYY is your source for fact-based, in-depth journalism and information. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on financial support from readers like you. Please give today.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal