Marley Dias named to Time magazine’s list of ‘25 Most Influential Teens of 2018’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School freshman and international activist Marley Dias has been named to Time magazine’s list of “Top 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018.” At age 13, Dias is the youngest teen named to the list. She was recognized for her 2015 #1000BlackGirlBooks initiative that provides books featuring black female […]

WOHS students meet Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Four West Orange High School students had the experience of a lifetime in September when they met Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey at Hearst Tower, headquarters of “O,” the Oprah Magazine. Obama was to appear on a special taping of SuperSoul Conversation with Winfrey when editor-at-large Gayle King suggested the addition […]

Roosevelt Middle School graduates 282 eighth-graders

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In his inimitable style, Roosevelt Middle School Principal Lionel Hush brought laughter and tears as he welcomed families to the early evening graduation of 282 eighth-grade students on June 19. As the curtains opened to present the students onstage, applause broke out. Graduating student and author/activist Marley Dias led the crowd […]

The Marley Hometown Experience

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Human Relations Commission will host the Marley Hometown Experience on Thursday Feb. 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Roosevelt Middle School, 36 Gilbert Place in West Orange. This event will not only celebrate Marley, but also feature a question-and-answer session and a book signing for her first […]

West Orange unites to remember Dr. King

Township residents honor King’s legacy, respected community members at annual HRC event

West Orange unites to remember Dr. King

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The most important work one can do in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. is to teach today’s children about tolerance for all people, National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial told a gathering of residents during the West Orange Human Relations Commission’s MLK Day Celebration at The Life Christian […]

South Orange girl starts program to support less fortunate peers

NEWARK, NJ — While most 12-year-old girls are thinking of different ways to decorate their own bedrooms, South Orange resident Briana Anderson is spending her time beautifying the bedrooms of unaccompanied minors at the Newark YMCA. Briana, a sixth-grader at South Orange Middle School, is one-third of a group called “BAM,” a social network formed […]

Alumna Marley Dias visits St. Cloud to donate classroom books

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Edison Middle School student Marley Dias returned to St. Cloud Elementary School on March 3 to deliver several sets of classroom books provided by Scholastic as well as books from her internationally successful #1000blackgirlbooks campaign. Marley, dressed in pink bunny pajamas to celebrate with St. Cloud students for Read Across America […]

Marley makes good

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Edison Middle School student Marley Dias, 11, is presented with a commendation at the Feb. 23 West Orange Township Council meeting for her #1000BlackGirlBooks project, created to collect and distribute books that represent young black females as main literary characters. Marley is pictured above with her parents, council President Victor Cirilo […]