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Gilda Rogers

Gilda Rogers​​ is a journalist, author & playwright, producer, director, historian and educator. In 2006, she graduated from Monmouth University with an M.A. in History. Since graduating, Gilda has been teaching at Brookdale Community College as an adjunct history professor. She has also become an award-winning journalist and the author of three books, with the most recent called, Out of the Ashes Came Hope, the Memoir of Monsignor William J. Linder. Linder was the founder of New Community Corporation, in Newark and was instrumental in rebuilding of Newark’s Central Ward after the ’67 Riots. In addition to her books, Gilda has curated several exhibits including “A Love Letter to Count Base: From the Great Migration to The Harlem Renaissance” at the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center,” “Ancestral Ascension,” for the opening of the Parker Family Legacy Room at the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, and “The Black Press: Stewards of Democracy.” In 2017, Gilda was named the “Humanitarian of the Year,” by the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission. In addition, the American Association of University Women named Gilda as one of the honorees of its first-ever, “Women of Achievement” award of 2018. Wearing the hat of historian, Gilda became the Executive Director of the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center in 2019, and has led the grassroots effort to save and preserve the former home of T. Thomas Fortune– a National Historic Landmark honoring one of the greatest African American journalists and newspaper editors of the 19th and early 20th centuries that is located in Red Bank, New Jersey.  

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