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African American Chamber of Commerce Donates 100 Movie Tickets to Berkeley College Students for Screening of 'Just Mercy'

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020
 

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AFRICAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF NEW JERSEY
DONATES 100 MOVIE TICKETS TO BERKELEY COLLEGE STUDENTS
FOR SCREENING OF ‘JUST MERCY’
DURING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WEEKEND

The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey has donated more than 100 tickets to Berkeley College students for a viewing of “Just Mercy” on Saturday, January 25, 2020, following Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The movie features Michael B. Jordan as Bryan Stevenson, a Harvard lawyer who moves to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who cannot afford proper representation. 

“This movie underscores the resiliency of black people and what we’ve endured to be recognized as full citizens of this country,” said John Harmon, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. “It should serve as an inspiration for those in the legal profession as to what advocacy is all about. We at the AACCNJ applaud the work of our friend Bryan Stevenson. May others follow his example in portraying black excellence in film and in his profession.”

“We are grateful to the African American Chamber of Commerce for this generous donation to our students that raises their consciousness to the realities of racial injustice,” said Angela Harrington, Vice President, Communications and External Relations, Berkeley College. “As we reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend, we honor Dr. King’s legacy of humanity by continuing his mission of righting the wrongs in our society and raising awareness, through movies like ‘Just Mercy,’ knowing there is still much more work that needs to be accomplished.” 

The film is based on the memoir of the same name, written by Mr. Stevenson. It received awards from the African-American Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actor (Jamie Foxx) and was named among the association’s Top 10 Films of the Year. Jamie Foxx also is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role by the Screen Actors Guild. 

MLK Service Activities at Berkeley College 

In addition to the partnership with the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Berkeley College students, faculty, staff and alumni will commemorate the impact of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through activities and community service initiatives in New York, New Jersey and online this month. January 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of MLK Day of Service, an initiative of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service that encourages individuals to embrace Dr. King’s vision of community. Click here to learn about additional activities during Martin Luther King Jr. Day and MLK Day of Service at Berkeley College. 

MORE INFORMATION: Students will arrive at The Mill at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, NJ, on Saturday, January 25, 2020, for a 6 p.m. movie showing. 

MEDIA INQUIRIES: Contact Berkeley College Media Relations at 201-509-1840. 

About Berkeley College 

Berkeley College, founded in 1931, is a career-focused institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that offers students Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs in more than 20 career fields. The College has campuses in Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park, NJ, as well as in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, NY, with more than 5,700 students enrolled. In addition, Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, for seven consecutive years. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.

The mission of Berkeley College is to empower students to achieve lifelong success in dynamic careers.

About the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

The AACCNJ is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities and businesses through entrepreneurship and capitalistic initiatives throughout the state of New Jersey and through its partnership with the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (NBCC).

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