LAWNSIDE, N.J. (Jan. 22, 2018)—Camden County Sheriff Gilbert “Whip” Wilson will be the keynote speaker for the Lawnside Historical Society’s Black History Month Program, Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m. at Lawnside Borough Hall.
Wilson, the first African-American from Camden City to serve in the General Assembly representing the Fifth Legislative District, will talk about safe police stops, police community relations and how to succeed.
Joyce Fowler, vice president of the Society, said Wilson has a timely message about the future of Camden, the importance of discipline, hard work and self-confidence.
“When people ask, ‘Can anything good come out of Camden?’ Whip Wilson, by example, answers that question,” she said.
Wilson was elected to the assembly seat in 2010 and re-elected in 2011 and 2013. He introduced legislation to combat Camden’s classification as an “urban food desert,” by allowing residents to access Jersey fresh produce from a mobile unit.
Always a Camden booster, Wilson was a city Councilman and still helps to raise money for schools and community organizations. He was a city police officer for 26 years, serving as Commander of the Vice Unit and retired as a Lieutenant from the first community policing unit.
He is a Vietnam Veteran who served from 1965 to 1969. His tour of duty included Thailand and Vietnam as an Airforce Ranger. He is a member of the Camden County Democratic Committee, (served as a delegate to the 2012 National Democratic Convention), the NAACP, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Vietnam Veterans of America and The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation.
The program is free and open to the public. Borough Hall is located at 4 Dr. Martin Luther King Road.