Bloomfield Commission on Civil Rights

Mission Statement:

The Bloomfield Commission on Civil Rights is an organization designed to foster goodwill and cooperation within the community by holding events, educational programs, education campaigns, recommending policy initiatives to the mayor and town council, and like-minded activities.

Members of the Commission:

Kasey Dudley, Dr. Djanna Hill-Tall, Krystal Langford, Michael Plata, Esq, Joshua Trojak, Esq, Dr. Wartyna Davis – town council liaison, and Sergeant Michael Menzel –  police department liaison.

Our events include voting drives, community conversations, student art competitions, and our annual student essay contest.  For additional information please contact the Commission secretary, Joshua Trojak.


All regular meetings of the Township of Bloomfield Civil Rights Commission will be held at 7:00 pm on the fourth Wednesday of each month via Zoom until further notice.

The 2023 BCRC Essay Competition


Hailey Paredes-Santos 

Essay Title: The Quote 

Berkeley Elementary

2nd place - Avaleen Schulze, Essay Title: The People's Responsibility, Berkeley Elementary

3rd place - Madelyn Cole, Essay Title: Be the Change, Oakview Elementary

Honorable Mentions:

Aaliyah Deopal, Essay Title: Should we care about newer generations? Berkeley Elementary

Saniya Lee, Essay Title: Civil Rights, Carteret Elementary

Jenna McGowan, Essay Title: Roberto Clemente: An inspiration to us all, Berkeley Elementary

Aliah Soto Rivera, Essay Title: My thoughts on Roberto Clemente’s quote, Berkeley Elementary

Jabari Tall, Essay Title: Connections With The Quote by Roberto Clemente, Berkeley Elementary

Participating Teachers:

Janell Brown - Berkeley Elementary School,

Marissa Calderon – Oakview Elementary School,

Kara Cavello – Carteret Elementary School

Kayla Drust - Berkeley Elementary School

We know that teachers include this essay contest as an additional assignment – on top of teaching an engaged, standards-based curriculum. Bloomfield educators go above and beyond their curriculum to incorporate aspects of Dr. King’s life and context. We appreciate their continued efforts. Berkeley Elementary sixth grade English/Language Arts teacher, Janelle Brown, was honored this year with the BCRC Inspire Award for her efforts in teaching for a better future and for actively encouraging her students to participate in the contest each year.