The Centennial Celebration of the ground-breaking Senator Wynona Lipman, the first African-American female State Senator,  continues. In her 27 years representing the 29th Legislative, she championed the well-being of underserved populations and achieved passage of the Domestic Violence Act of 1981 and the Fair Housing Act of 1985, among many other Bills.

The program includes a film screening followed by a panel conversation. Preceding the screening is a reception at 4:30PM hosted by the New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Place (across the street from NJPAC) where there’s an exhibit about Lipman’s life and achievements.

The documentary Stronger Than Steel: The Senator Wynona Lipman Story (A Blue Butterfly Arts & Media Production examines her life and how she achieved her goals while battling gender and racial discrimination. The Stronger Than Steel documentary was made possible by funds from the Essex County Division of Arts, Cultural and Historic Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.



Celeste A. Bateman


Gale A. Britton


Vickie Donaldson


Richard W. Roper


Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz