New Jersey: Harlem’s In The House At The Mardi Gras Costume Ball At The Montclair Art Museum (Update)

March 29, 2024

By CC Minton

The Nubian Center and Unity Missionary Investors held its’ Mardi Gras Costume Ball at The Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey

The charity event took place on February 12, 2024, and was hosted by CC Minton, President of Harlem World Magazine

The festive evening was emceed by Harlem’s Craig Grant featuring New Orleans Jazz provided by the Raul Abbad Quartet, interludes of authentic Zydeco music, a costume parade, door prizes, a silent auction, and more.  Chef Dorsey of Choices by Chef Dorsey Britton provided a New Orleans and southern style menu featuring jambalaya, blackened salmon, fried chicken, red beans and rice, collard greens, sweet potatoes, and king cake.    


Dr. Uchenna Abba Onyeani DC, colloquially known as “Dr. O”, a New Jersey Chiropractor was the keynote speaker. The event supports and broadcasts the missions of Unity Missionary Investors, which helps empower communities by assessing needs, particularly health and wellness (Brain Injury), bringing resources to empower the communities; while The Nubian Cultural Center promotes harmony between racial and ethnic groups through education and cultural exchange. 

The Nubian Union Legacy Award highlights those who have exemplified the two organizations’ mission through their noteworthy service to the organization and/or the community at large. Guest included Derek Armstead, Mayor of Linden, and Rev. Louise Scott-Rountree, The honorees include Mary Brown, Blessed Sacrament/St. Charles Church, Newark and Harlem‘s Claude Jay, Stage, screen, television actor and vocalist Alan Lee, President, RWJ Hospital, New Brunswick Roy McDonald, Co-Founder of Brite Spot, Inc., and Chairman of Board of The Nubian Cultural Center, Rev. Steven Bryant, Pastor of St. James AME Church, Hightstown, NJ and Rev. Dr. Michael Carr, Founder/President of INITIALS Entertainment.

The Nubian Union

The collaboration of both The Nubian Center & Unity is a powerful stimulus to community empowerment through activities and programs that address critical issues that hinder the growth of these communities, e.g. healthcare, education, lifestyles, economics, and more.  Ready to listen, learn, and act, these organizations always offer a “hand up”, not a “hand out” to provide sustainability in their efforts to stimulate and reinforce critical values for its growth.  Henry C. Rawls and Clark Everson, Presidents of The Nubian Center and Unity Missionary Investors, respectively, are non-profit organizations based in Linden, New Jersey (also serving New York, North Carolina, Virginia Beach, and Georgia).  https://www.montclairartmuseum.org/

Photo credit: 1-6) The Nubian Union.



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