Local human rights activists to be honored

FAIR HAVEN — Church Women United of the Greater Red Bank Area will honor and affirm two community members who have worked to advance the cause of human rights at its upcoming Human Rights Celebration.

The event, Seeking Shalom, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, in the Fisk Chapel A.M.E. Church, 38 Fisk St. in Fair Haven. The celebration will be open to the public.

Church Women United will recognize two honorees during the human rights celebration, as well as honor the memory of the Rev. Dr. William Fuller, who served as the beloved chaplain at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution for many years.

Church Women United will honor the present chaplain at the jail, the Rev. James Hawkins, minister to visitation and bereavement at Pilgrim Baptist Church, Red Bank, who serves as guide and mentor to the prisoners.

Also being recognized are the contributions of Elinor Ramming, Middletown, who has tirelessly and selflessly supported Crop Walk, petitioned for the abolition of the death penalty, is working in the soup kitchen at Trinity Episcopal Church in Asbury Park, has served for years as the hospitality chairperson at the Shrewsbury Friends’ Meeting (Quakers) and much more.

Church Women United is a racially, culturally, theologically inclusive ecumenical Christian women’s movement, including Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women, who celebrate unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice.