NAACP national convention comes to N.J. this week with America at a ‘crossroads’

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After Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968, the Rev. DeForest “Buster” Soaries Jr. found his grandmother alone and crying at the dining room table inside her New Jersey home. Then a 16-year-old junior at Montclair High School, he had never seen his grandmother cry before. “She was the strongest woman I ever met,” recalled Soaries, New Jersey’s former Secretary of State. His grandmother didn’t believe in “stirring up a fuss” during the Civil Rights movement and had not taken to the streets to protest. But King’s death cut deep. “It was at that moment that I said, ‘I better get to know…

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