PHOTOS: Black History Month Event Honors Past, Present and Future

Three area women, and one organization, were recognized during Feb. 22 event at Morristown High School.

Every single one of you has something to offer.

That was the takeaway from Morristown resident Helen Arnold, honored for her years of community service in the area, during her presentation Wednesday at the "Black Women in American History: Past, Present and Future" .

"Perhaps one hour will make a difference," Arnold continued. "There is a child that needs you. There is an organization that needs you. Never look or expect reward. It comes from within."

Also honored were Dr. Judy Banks, an obstetrician and gynecologist in Florham Park, originally from Morristown, who called the Neighborhood House (or "Nabe," as it is commonly-referred as) as "a place of happiness, community and joy," lauding its over 100-year existence in Morristown as a foundation for her as a youth.

Jessica Ballew, founder of the J.E.S.S.I.C.A. Cares female youth empowerment organization, and The C.H.E.T.S. (Community Helpers Emphasizing Teenage Support), an over-40-year-old organization in Morris County serving young teen girls, also received honors during the evening.


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