Services this week for Albert Pelham, beloved Montclair community leader
A viewing for Albert Pelham, the longtime Montclair community leader and local NAACP president who died last week, will be held Thursday.
The viewing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals, 62 Grove St.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 27, at the Montclair High School auditorium, Park Street entrance, with a viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. and funeral service at 11.
Interment will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield.
As executive director of the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp., Pelham led its mission to “empower and support disadvantaged individuals, youth and families alike, to achieve an improved quality of life through training, education and advocacy.”
And in his work as president of the Montclair African American Heritage Foundation, he acted to honor the heritage of Montclair’s people of color.
And as longtime president of the Montclair NAACP, Pelham fought for civil rights — stressing often that was for all individuals.
Pelham is survived by his wife, Audrey, his children, Dwayne Jones and Rhonda (Charles) Fischer, and grandchildren, Charles III and Cameron.
“It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news of the transition of our leader and friend Albert Pelham,” a statement from the Montclair NAACP released the day of Pelham's death said. “Mr. Pelham was a fearless freedom fighter for civil rights, education and social justice. He was a tireless advocate for generations of families for the Greater Montclair Community. ... His leadership, vision and strength is a loss to all of us that care for social justice.”
Roger Terry, first vice president of the Montclair NAACP, said the group will “honor his legacy by pledging to continue the fight for civil rights and social justice.”