HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A councilman from Hackensack was recently honored for his service to young people and to the community.
Hackensack Councilman Dave Sims was awarded with the “Julian Bond Community Service Award” by the Bergen County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The luncheon was held in his honor on Oct. 29 at the Venetian Catering Hall in Garfield.
“The NAACP is recognizing Councilman Sims for his many years of wonderful service to the children of Hackensack, particularly in the field of youth recreation,” says NAACP President Anthony Cureton. “He is a true champion who has dedicated his career to serving our young people and helping them achieve their goals, both on and off the athletic fields.”
Sims says he is “particularly proud” of the award because of his great respect for Julian Bond.
“Very few people in American history have done more on behalf of voting rights than Julian Bond,” says Sims. “From his early days as a founder of the Non-Violent Student Organizing Committee at Morehouse College, to his long tenure as a Georgia state legislator, to his outstanding service as the President of the national NAACP, Julian has always been a real hero to me and many other people of all races and creeds.”
Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse also praised Sims. “Councilman Sims has worked very hard for the children of our community,” he said. “Dave is very deserving of this award and our entire city is very proud of him.”
Sims is a lifelong Hackensack resident who was elected to the City Council in 2013. The first African American Police Commissioner in Bergen County history, Sims currently serves as the council liaison to the Recreation Board. He is the Director of Hackensack Junior Basketball and started the Junior Basketball Summer League Program in 1995. He has served as a mentor to local youth through the Big Brother program and other endeavors.
A lifelong champion of civil rights, Julian Bond was one of 11 African Americans elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965. He went on to serve a combined 20 years in both legislative chambers. From 1998 to 2010, he was chairman NAACP.
Bond taught at several universities, including American, Drexel and Harvard, and was a poet, author and television commentator. He was also an outspoken supporter of the rights of gays and lesbians and publicly stated his support for same-sex marriage.
Bond died Aug. 15, 2015 at the age of 75 of complications of vascular disease.