In 1971 when John Bailey and Witherspoon-Jackson (WJ) resident and historian Shirley Satterfield, founded the JOINT EFFORT it was an opportunity for positive Black men in Princeton to engage Black youth both boys and girls in quality youth development programs and put something back into the community.
The initial focus was sports-oriented, but the program was always about community and community development.
Today, Joint Effort advances its program through the week-long Joint Effort Princeton Safe Streets Project. This week of activities places an emphasis on Black History in Princeton, Leadership Activities and Information, Physical Fitness, Basketball Games, Community Awards and Recognition, a Community Tour and many other activities that mobilize community and bring people together. Our hope is for current and former Black Princetonians to “Be Home or Come Home for that Week”.
For years they have put on the “Joint Effort Safe Streets” program in a series of in-person events and now due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the program has gone virtual.
This years program Joint Effort Safe Streets 2020, is dedicated to the memory of Romus Broadway.
Romus Broadway was the photographic historian for centuries of proud residents who lived in the Witherspoon-Jackson Community of Princeton.
When his many well displayed posters were viewed at various events, church services, schools, community programs, or showing a display for families who were celebrating a reunion, a conversation would start among persons who recognized themselves, their friends and family members. Romus often spoke about the close and lasting friendships of those who lived in this neighborhood. “…we were Black, Italian and Irish and we all got along….”
Broadway recently passed away in June.
The program will also honor Mercer County Freeholder Samuel Frisby for his contributions to the Black community and his support of the Joint Efforts Safe Street initiative and include a discussion with elected leaders about the importance of the 2020 election.
Program Details Below
JOINT EFFORT SAFE STREETS SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH, 10:00 AM-12NOON (SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR MERCER COUNTY FREEHOLDER SAM FRISBY)
“Princeton Elected Officials Update & Candidates Forum” hosted by Joint Effort Safe Streets and Capital City Area Black Caucus. We will invite local Elected Officials and candidates seeking the offices of US Senate, US Congress, Mercer County Freeholders and Clerk, Princeton Mayor and Council and Princeton Schools Board of Education to share their vision with residents for Princeton and Mercer County. Concerned citizens can:: Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82605960518?pwd=OTArVzZocW9zSEd5NWE3OUF2WnJqZz09 Meeting ID: 826 0596 0518 Passcode: 907791 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdDi3jXgmg
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9TH, 4:00PM-7:30PM (SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR ROMUS BROADWAY)
4:00pm – 6:00pm Cynthia “Chip” Fisher and Romus Broadway Memorial Virtual Art Exhibit-Collage Slideshow and Community Reception (Prior to slideshow and as a community service, Joint Effort will provide free Dinner meals that can be picked up from Sally’s Kitchen at 27 1/2 Leigh Avenue between 12noon – 3:30pm). 6:00pm – 6:30pm Jim Floyd Memorial Lecture Presenter: Taylor A. Marrow III, History Instructor, Chemeketa Community College, Salem Oregon “Beyond Words:Taking Action” (Taylor Marrow was born and raised in Princeton)Presentation of Joint Effort Safe Streets Book ScholarshipsPresentation of Jim Floyd Lifetime Achievement AwardsPresentation of Mildred Trotman Community Service Award 6:30pm Gospel Music Hour – The Sam Frisby Experience
Concerned citizens can:: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 893 6978 3441
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kc4L1pZjT1