Welcome to On fire News Network annual special section profiling Trenton’s 8 most influential Black Men, as selected by the editor. The list contains many familiar names, but also many new ones.
of New Jersey. As affirmed in its mission statement, the Chamber seeks to economically empower and sustain African American communities, and businesses with direct outreach programs, thereby facilitating entrepreneurship and free enterprise activity, not serving as mainly an association of allied businesses, the Chamber serves as a proactive advocacy group with a 501(c) 3 tax exemption, which is shared by the National Black Chamber of Commerce.
While providing a platform for New Jersey’s African American businesses to speak with a collective voice, the AACCNJ advocates and promotes economic diversity while fostering a climate of business growth through major initiatives centering on education and public policy.
2. Duncan Harrison Jr., Trenton Councilman at Large is known on a local and national level as a strong advocate
for empowering new leaders to engage in the political process. Recognized for his service to the community, his heartfelt efforts have empowered and expanded the perspectives of many individuals. In his professional life, Duncan is the Associate Executive Director of UIH Family Partners. UIH is a nationally-recognized pioneer in the emerging field of fatherhood programs. Duncan has also served as a seasonal police officer for the Rehoboth Beach Police Department, job developer with Mercer Street Friends and case manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
3. Lance P. Lopez, Sr., former President of PBA Local #105 until 2016, which is the largest law enforcement agency throughout the State of New Jersey and has approximately 5,800 members comprised of New Jersey State Corrections, Juvenile Justice and Parole Officers. Mr. Lopez along with his wife Adela and his brother Ryan established the Law Enforcement Officers Against Prostate Cancer Foundation (LEOAPCF) on June 27, 2011. He serves as the Founder and President of this organization which has successfully distributed over 600,000 prostate cancer pamphlets to assist in educating and making men aware of the dangers of this curable disease.
His Foundation has held educational forums with Urologists, advocacy session at local churches, fraternities, sororities, and Masonic Temples, etc.; in addition, Mr. Lopez (LEOAPCF) honors survivors at its Annual Gala; has generated an Annual Basketball Challenge Weekend with participating Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters from several States within the USA, and provides guest appearances at live newspaper and media (television and radio) networks as additional ways to promote this cause.
4.Daryl Mikell Brooks, Political activist and former radio talk show host. Co-Screenwriter/Producer of the upcoming short film
Enhanced Interrogation. Former co host of the political talk show in Philadelphia, PA. Called Sanity Check on IQ 106.9 Fm. Featured in the New York Times, USA Today, PoliticIt.com, Philly Channel 6, WZBN News 12, Comcast News Makers 4 times, NJN, Trentonian, Trenton Times, Newark Star Ledger, National Korean Newspaper, Ernest Hancock on LRN.FM, Philly Tribune and The Nubian News. Hosted and organized five Martin Luther King Jr. non-violence summits.
On a historical note, Brooks is the first African American to run for Congress and the only person from Trenton, NJ to run for US Senate in the history of Trenton, NJ. Board Member of The Nubian News and member of The National Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
5. Dwaine Williamson, Esq. has represented clients successfully in areas as diversified as major criminal charges, personal injury, civil lawsuits against Fortune 500 and government entities in both Federal and New Jersey State courts, appellate practice where the attorney must argue the appeal before a multi-Judge panel, divorces, DWI defenses and both residential and commercial real estate closings just to name a few. Mr. Williamson is admitted to practice law in The State of New Jersey and in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (Federal Court).
He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s distinguished School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in International Politics. He earned his Juris Doctor degree at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.
6. Stacy Heading is the Program Director of EEJ Ministries S.E.E.D Male Mentoring Program. “Servant
Endeavoring to Empower and Develop”. (S.E.E.D.s has been featured often in the Trenton Times and Trentonian) Stacy designs unique and various workshops to aid in the self development of today’s youth. Mr. Heading is
employed full time at Isles Youth Build Institute, where he is the Evening Program Lifeskills Coordinator. Stacy is known in the community as a true humanitarian always encouraging and rallying the youth to give back to their communication.
Stacy has received various awards. His most recent is the Community Recognition Award given by the In Her Shoes Organization. As Program Director of the S.E.E.D. Male Mentoring Program, Stacy received the 2011 Community Change Award in Education given at the New Jersey Black Issues Convention. Stacy also received “The Man We Most Admire” awarded to him by the Women Who Means Business founded by Annette Lartigue. Stacy also hosted one of his most noted workshops “Escaping The Grips of Gang Violence” at the New Jersey Concerned Black Issues Convention.
7. Freeholder Samuel T. Frisby Sr.Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Trenton. Consultant: Strategic Planning, Organizational Development and Professional Development/Executive Coaching. Member of the Statewide MLK Commission; Founding Member of the Howard University Alumni Association (Formerly its first Vice President); Mentor to Trenton High School Students; Leadership Trenton Alumni Fellow; Music Minister for 2 Churches; Member of the Board of Directors for Trinity Health (formerly St. Francis Medical Center); co-Chair of N.J. Partnership for Healthy Kids, United Progress Inc.Board of Directors.
Formerly: Vice Chair of the Port of Trenton Museum Board; Chair of the Youth Investment Committee & Executive Committee for the Mercer County Workforce Investment Board -2006-2010; Ex- Member of the Artworks Board -2009-2010; Co-Chair of the Weed and Seed Steering Committee (Along with the US Attorney’s Office) -2006-2010; Ex- Member of the State Museum Board-2007-2010; Founding member of the I Am Trenton Community Foundation Board-2007-2010; Chairman of the YMCA of Trenton Board (Service Area includes Ewing, Lawrence and Trenton.
8.Darren “Freedom” Green is known as a “life saver” and a “wind of newness” for his ability to bring people together for the purpose of an overall transformation. Freedom, as he is widely known, lives and trains individuals with the mindset that an educated and freed mind is a step in the direction called “true freedom.” Darren is a Community Advocate and Professional Speaker who has dedicated his life to empowering and strengthening people and communities. Education, Public Safety, Life Skills/Critical Thinking, Children, Financial Literacy, Civic Participation/Community Building, Culture, and Home Ownership are his primary areas of focus.
His straightforward style, hands-on approach, and life experiences have earned him not only the positions of Trenton town council President and West Ward Committeeman, but also a highly respected mentor and member of his community. Darren has been sought out by various city directors for his ability to think strategically, and for accessibility to enter those communities that do not pose as “welcoming.” Darren has received countless awards.He is currently a Facilitator for B.O.Y.D. (Building Our Youths Development; which was recognized by Mrs. Marian Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington DC, and a partner –Vice President of the nonprofit- My Eternal Family. He hosted an online TV show called “Freedom” for Trentonian TV, is the Co-Host of “On the Reel” radio, and a consultant for ‘From the Block to the Boardroom’, LLC – a program where he educates prisoners and teaches entrepreneurial skills.