Five nonprofits and organizations will be recognized this week by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce for the work they’ve done in promoting racial equality for economic opportunity.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Friday Is Tie Day, the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, the Pascale Sykes Foundation, and Jobs for America’s Graduates New Jersey will be recognized at a Nov. 10 gala at the Pines Manor in Edison, the state Chamber said Tuesday.
“We must demand an end to economic inequities in New Jersey,” reads a prepared statement from New Jersey Chamber Chief Executive Officer Tom Bracken. “We will challenge businesses in every corner of the state to do their part to change the status quo.”
The New Jersey Chamber and the AACCNJ, in particular, have focused on how to reduce economic inequalities for Black-owned businesses and Black citizens in order to “expand opportunity for historically marginalized communities, including communities of color,” the Tuesday statement reads.
“New Jersey is already one of the most diverse states in the nation,” AACCNJ President John Harmon said in a statement. “The time is now to make it the most economically inclusive state in the nation.”
Rick Wade, a senior executive at the U.S. Chamber, will accept the award on its behalf. The organization is being recognized for various programs meant to offer relationship and partnership opportunities to businesses across the nation.
Friday Is Tie Day is being recognized for offering Black middle and high school students with knowledge and skill sets that would help them excel in their personal and professional lives. Male students taking part in the program, for example, are encouraged to wear ties to school on Fridays as part of their “deliberate effort to dress and act like gentlemen.”
The nonprofit Pascale Sykes Foundation meanwhile will be recognized for providing funding to social and economic programs for low-income families. JAG NJ will be recognized for different programs offered to low-income schools and communities.