DCA Acting Commissioner Constable Honored at

Essex County African American History Month Celebration

Receives Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award


NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Acting Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III today received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award at the Ninth Annual Essex County African American History Month Celebration. The annual award recognizes individuals who demonstrate positive community leadership and provide public service exemplary of Dr. King's legacy of hope, inspiration, and equal rights for all Americans.

"I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award, because of who and what it represents. Dr. King's courageous resistance to bigotry and his lifelong dedication to the advancement of social justice and human dignity resulted in one of the greatest moral crusades in our nation’s history," said Acting Commissioner Constable. "Dr. King's vision of a tolerant, color blind society that resolves conflict through dialogue and compromise, instead of violence continues to resonate today. Receiving this award validates my desire to continue working to positively impact the lives of New Jerseyans from all walks of life."  

Acting Commissioner Constable received the award from Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., who described African American History Month as a time to highlight the contributions and achievements African Americans have made to the culture, economy and history of the state and country.

"Richard Constable is a role model who has dedicated his professional life to public service and has made a significant impact on influencing government policies and improving the quality of life in his community and throughout the state," said County Executive DiVincenzo.

To learn more about Acting Commissioner Constable, please go to http://www.nj.gov/dca/about/commissioner/index.html on the DCA website.