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Recent Events

April 5th, 2014: Our milestone 10th Anniversary Benefit Jazz Concert, honoring the extraordinary talents of Freddie Hendrix -- a Grammy Award winner and member of the Count Basie Orchestra (and former high school jazz band member with Jelani). View flyer

Previous Events

June 11, 2012: Carol Manigault was honored at the 2nd Annual TOAST AND TASTE For a cause Monday - June 11, 2012 6:30-8:30pm. She is being honored on behalf of the JELANI Institute for the work that we've done in helping to implement Crisis Intervention Team training in Northern New Jersey -- specifically in Passaic County. The location is Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. Click here for the flyer.
April 14, 2012: Come and join us to hear how the Jelani Institute has come full circle in its mission. Our annual event and day of rememberance will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in the Goya dining room of Felician College, 2pm – 5pm.Find out more.
November 30, 2011: A JELANI Institute-sponsored presentation was held on November 30, 2011, by Celina Gray, Executive Director of NJ Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma. Co-sponsored by Active Minds Club at Felician College, Lecture Hall on 2nd floor of Obal Hall, Lodi Campus, 1:00-2:15 p.m. Find out more
May 4, 2011: A JELANI Institute-sponsored presentation on May 4, 2011, by Celina Gray, Executive Director of NJ Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma. Co-sponsored by Active Minds Club at Felician College, Harmony Hall in Obal Hall, Lodi Campus, 1:00-2:15 p.m. Find out more. Hosted by Dr. Geo. Abaunza 201-559-6244.
April 9, 2011: Please join us on Saturday afternoon for our annual JELANI Institute event and Day of Remembrance, in the Goya Dining Hall on the Lodi campus of Felician College (Obal Hall, lower level). See link to this year’s program and link to directions to the college. Hope to see you there. All are welcome!
April 11, 2010: Please join us the Sunday after Easter at Teaneck High School, Teaneck, NJ, for a wonderful celebration of all that The J.E.L.A.N.I. Institute stands for. We will see the progress being made in law enforcement, we will honor three fine people who have spent their lives bringing out the talented brilliance in young people, and we will make our very own gratitude journals. Please see the attached announcement and program for details. Announcement and Program
July 27, 2009: JELANI Institute brainstorming session to be held on Saturday afternoon, June 27, 2009, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Rutherford campus of Felician College in Sammartino Hall (lower level). The Rutherford campus is located at 223 Montross Avenue, Rutherford, New Jersey, and Sammartino Hall is the round-shaped building on the corner of Montross Avenue and W. Passaic Street. Refreshments will be served.
November 13, 2008: Information Session on CIT policing, led by Chief Tom Garritty of Collingswood PD. Felician College, Lodi Campus, Obal Hall - Room 311, 7:00 p.m.
April 5, 2008: You are warmly invited to join us for our upcoming 5th Annual Justice Equity Love and Awareness Now Institute (JELANI Institute) Program and Day of Remembrance. Come and hear about plans for implementation of Crisis Intervention Team training in Northern New Jersey and about new and exciting unfoldments with The Jelani Tree book in schools. Enjoy a scrumptious meal and witness or participate in a memorial soccer game in Jelani's honor. Plenty of activities for the little ones, as well. Time is approximately noon to 4:00. Check back soon for exact location. Click here for save-the-date flyer to print out and share with friends, family, co-workers, etc.
April 14, 2007:  Fourth annual celebration by the Jelani Institute. Both events promise to be memorable, and we hope the community forum will lead to life-changing reforms all across New Jersey. It's designed to change the way police respond to the precious people of our communities -- and to keep them from shooting first and asking questions later. Please spread the word. See Press Release    A message from Carol Manigault

April 8, 2006:  You are lovingly invited to attend this year’s Justice Equity Love and Awareness Now Institute (JELANI Institute) Program and 3rd Annual Day of Remembrance of Jelani Darren Manigault. See Press Release   Summary of 2006 Event

Second Annual Day of Remembrance  Read about it
The JELANI Institute Update 01-2006   A Message to our Supporters
November 12 , 2005:  Book performance of Author and WBAI, 99.5 FM Radio Host Caroline Brewer The Jelani Tree Hue-Man Bookstore, 2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd., between 124th and 125th streets, the intersection just before the Apollo, coming from the West Side Highway. Phone: 212-665-7400. web site: www.huemanbookstore.com.  See Press Release

June 25, 2005  Banneker Historical Park outside of Baltimore, hear a reading of The Jelani Tree by Caroline Brewer and purchase copies. Several other D.C. area authors will be on hand, too. Come, listen, and enjoy!

June 18,2005  Book Release Party,Mitchell Books, Fort Wayne, IN. Music, art, and spoken words will highlight the event. 6360 West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804
April 16, 2005  Book Release Party for The Jelani Tree by Author Caroline Brewer. Fort Wayne, Indiana.
April 10, 2005  Book Release Party for The Jelani Tree by Author Caroline Brewer. Teaneck, NJ.
April 2, 2005  Book Release Party for The Jelani Tree by Author Caroline Brewer. NYC.
 

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