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Meet Ms. Deborah Smith-Gregory
New Jersey State ACT-SO Chairperson

Deborah is a life member of the Newark Branch NAACP and for the past 25 years has served youth through the ACT-SO Program.

During her tenure, each year students have earned national medals in an array of categories within the Humanities, Science, Visual and Performing Arts and Business fields.

Retired from the Newark Public Schools District, she worked for 36 years as a high school educator and activities coordinator.

In addition to her primary career as an educator, Deborah has also worked as a journalist and editor of the New Jersey Afro-American Newspaper from 1984-1989. After leaving the newspaper, she became the founding editor of the New Jersey Perspectus News Magazine from 1989-1994.

She is a graduate from Seton Hall University but professes to be a life long learner. The Newark resident, is a proud parent and grandparent.

“My passion is being a committed advocate for our youth. They are a direct reflection of our community both the positive and negative. We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”

The New Jersey ACT-SO Committee

Publicity Chairperson
Leslie Summiel Jr.

Judges Chairperson
Darnell Davis

Competition Chairpersons
Deborah Gregory & Darnell Davis

Awards Ceremony Chairperson
Arthur Taylor

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