The late Wynona Lipman, the first African American woman to serve in the New Jersey State Senate, will be honored on the 35th anniversary of her taking office at an event tomorrow morning at the State House Annex. The tribute, part of the Women’s History Month Celebration sponsored by Women Advocating for Good Government-New Jersey (WAGG-NJ), will include speeches by State Senators Diane Allen, Nia Gill, and Loretta Weinberg, and by Debbie Walsh, the Director of the Center for the American Woman and Politics, Eagleton Institute. Former Assemblywoman Rose Heck will be the master of ceremonies.
Lipman was elected to the Senate in 1971 after a stint on the Essex County Board of Freeholders. She served until her death in 1999.