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Birthday Bash Success!

20171001TThomasFortune-1030The 5th Annual T. Thomas Fortune Foundation Birthday Bash, “Welcome Home Fortune,” was a truly awe inspiring event, filled with so many individuals who understand the importance of saving history. Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters for making this event possible! The T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center is scheduled to open this summer!

Click here to view more photos and click here to view one of our Fortune Tellers, Alexandria Lewis, recite an original prose.

Radio Interview

Gilda Rogers speaks with Dr. Carol Penn on WURD FM in Philadelphia in an in-depth radio interview. Click here to listen.


A Midsummer’s Night for the History Books

Last night’s Fortune event was a wonderful time filled with amazing supporters who make what we do, possible. Additionally, Gilda Rogers was honored by the T.Thomas Fortune Committee for her recognition as Humanitarian of the Year! This committee is grateful for its dedicated members and their passion for important causes regardless of the challenges it entails. Overall, the night encompassed great food, company and historic moments!

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A Fortune Event to Remember!

The Fortune fundraiser was a huge success! We could not have asked for a better turn out filled with so many of our supporters. This endeavor wouldn’t be possible without you. We are well on our way to seeing the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center in the near future and we hope to see more new faces join the team!

Stay up to date on all things Fortune through our blog, social media sites and website.

Only 2 Days Left!!

The Fortune fundraiser is only two days away! Please come out and support a great cause in helping to preserve our history. We’ve made it this far but we still need your help to reach our goal. Fortune Event

Fortune’s Message of Education

Gilda Rogers and Roger Mumford, key leaders of the Fortune movement,  gave a compelling and exciting presentation about the T.Thomas Fortune Project at Morristown Beard School. Education was a critical part of Mr.Fortune’s success and that same knowledge must be imparted on the young people of today and generations to follow. Spreading the word about Mr. Fortune’s work is important and beneficial, especially in today’s world, a time where ignorance cannot be greater than wisdom.

Thank you to the Morristown Beard School for seeing the value and significance of T.Thomas Fortune, his work, and his legacy.

Click here to view the article Morristown Beard School wrote on the T.Thomas Fortune presentation.

Gilda Rogers named 2017 Humanitarian of the Year by the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission!

Gilda Rogers is a trailblazing African American women who seeks to make the world we live in a better place each and everyday. Rogers is a Journalist, Author & Playwright, Producer, Director Historian and Educator. 

Rogers is currently leading a herculean effort to restore the National Historic Landmark, the T.Thomas Fortune House, located in Red Bank, New Jersey. It was once the home of a notable African American journalist and newspaper editor, T.Thomas Fortune, who was one of the most vocal and courageous social justice crusaders of the 19th and 20th centuries. Rogers has worked tirelessly alongside the T.Thomas Fortune Committee and Roger Mumford of Mumford Homes, who is the developer of the project. Together, they have successfully saved the T.Thomas Fortune House and restoration of Mr.Fortune’s home is currently underway. The honor of being named Humanitarian of the Year is a well deserved commendation for a hard working individual who goes above and beyond to produce extraordinary works with never ending perseverance.

The award presentation will be held on Monday June 12 beginning at 4 PM at the Ag Bldg. on Kozlowski Rd., Freehold.

“Appreciation Soiree,” Thank You

Thank you to all those who joined us for our celebration. We would not be where we are today without you. The event was a great success filled with many individuals that are instrumental in the T.Thomas Fortune cause. The cultural center was a dream that is now a reality.

To stay up to date on all things T.Thomas Fortune, follow us on social media and like our facebook page, and stay tune for more blog posts. Construction is underway; the cultural center will be here soon!



On behalf of the T.Thomas Fortune Project Committee, we would like to congratulate one of our very own, Dr. Walter Greason, who was recently named Dean of the Honors School at Monmouth University!

Frederick Douglass & Mr. Fortune!


T.Thomas Fortune and Fredrick Douglass not only had a great relationship, but both fought tirelessly for the welfare and equality of African Americans everywhere. There was an event where Mr. Fortune had the opportunity to honor the great Fredrick Douglass for his efforts and strides in the advancement of African Americans. These black men were trailblazers in their time and still are today. Their goals and dreams for this country have not yet been met but their ideals will remain a part of the fabric that is America. It is up to us to finish the work of these leaders, it is time to become the America they’d hoped we’d be.

An Early Part of Red Bank’s History


T.Thomas Fortune was a part of Red Bank’s early history. His story was published in the pages of “Images of America, Red Bank,” written by Randall Gabrielan.

The Monmouth County Historical Association’s 118th Annual Meeting

The T.Thomas Fortune Project Committee were guest presenters at the Monmouth County Historical Association’s 118th Annual Meeting. We were honored to be before a crowd of people interested in the preservation of history and T.Thomas Fortune’s impact on society and his help in advocating for the equality and advancement of African Americans. This awareness is critical in preserving our history and educating future generations.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support this great cause!

2017 Is The Year!

casaIt’s been 10 years in the making and with the help of Councilman Ed Ziprich, George Bowden, The T. Thomas Fortune Committee and Roger Mumford; the dream is coming to fruition. The T.Thomas Fortune Cultural Center is coming in 2017, a perfect way to kick off the New Year! This will be a place to break cultural and racial divides as well as advocate and advance the history of forgotten and unknown American voices. Now, more than ever, is a pivotal time to not simply tolerate but respect everyone around us. The Cultural Center will help seal the gaps that have been separating us for too long.

Stay tune for more updates about the progress of Mr.Fortune’s home on all our sites and get involved in helping to unsure a reality that is soon to come.

Fortune Predicts a Great Holiday Season!


Happy holiday season everyone! Stay tune for upcoming events right here on our blog and on our social media sites. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

Gilda Rogers Pens Memoir ‘Out of the Ashes Came Hope’

Gilda Rogers, the co-chair of the T. Thomas Fortune Project Committee, announces the release of “Out of the Ashes Came Hope” – the story of Monsignor William J. Linder, who founded New Community Corporation in 1965. Rogers, the ghostwriter of the book, has woven together the beauty and grace of humanity against the prevailing backdrop of race, rage and the ’67 Newark Riots.

“This really has been a labor of love,” said Rogers. “I’ve been working on this project with Monsignor Linder since 2012, and knowing all that he went through has been an inspiration to me for the T. Thomas Fortune Project.”

For more information and to reserve your signed copy of the book, please contact, Kathy Spivey, (973) 623-2800.

A Letter from Congress!

Click here to view a letter written by Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman; recognizing and honoring the efforts of the T. Thomas Fortune House Project Committee for preservation of Mr. Fortune’s home, a historical site!

The 4th Annual T. Thomas Fortune Event….”Fortune Telling the Truth”

The 4th Annual T. Thomas Fortune Event….”Fortune Telling the Truth”

This past Sunday was the 4th annual T. Thomas Fortune Fundraiser Event, which was held at the Oyster Point Hotel and it was one to remember! The event began at noon with esteemed guests and citizens of the community arriving for the historical event. After some pictures and conversation, a delicious meal was served. After lunch, guest speakers, Linda Shockley; Dr. Walter Greason and Roger Mumford gave compelling speeches about Mr. Fortune, the importance of restoring the home, the journey to restoration and the Cultural Center it will become. Overall the atmosphere, setting and people made for an amazing time as well as shedding a light on the importance of the cause. Everything was handled with the utmost care and grace from beginning to end.

Thank you to all those who came in support and contributed to making the day as successful as possible. Countless hours and hard work went into the event and the preservation of the Fortune house. All that hard work is finally paying off and will be seen for generations to come.

The 4th Annual T. Thomas Fortune Event; Young People are the Future, But a Part of History Too

(Right to Left; Alexandria Lewis, Esmeralda Pita-Herrera, Desiree Marshall, Aurelia Whitehead)

It is unfortunate that young people aren’t called upon more often to do things. Fortunately, our Fortune Tellers foresee a bright future that they will be the makers of. Each one of them did an exceptional job performing pieces written by T. Thomas Fortune in front of esteemed guests and citizens of the community, this past Sunday at our T. Thomas Fortune luncheon. They helped to make the event that much better and were a joy to watch!

The 4th Annual T. Thomas Fortune Event, Thank you Sponsors!

Thank you to all of our sponsors who made last Sunday’s event possible! The T. Thomas Fortune Luncheon was a great success and an amazing time for all those who were able to attend. Without your generosity, the event would not have been possible. Thanks to you, communities of people came together regardless of race or appearance for one cause; to save an important part of history that was being erased. Thank you again for all you’ve done, we truly appreciate it!

Fortune Exhibit Aims to Educate the Community

The Monmouth County Library, Eastern branch, located in Shrewsbury NJ, is displaying an exhibit about T.Thomas Fortune, an activist and trailblazer of the modern day Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit will feature facts and information on T. Thomas Fortune and his contribution to society, detailing why his story is relevant to the public and important to our history. Please check it out, it will be a great learning experience for all ages. Click here to visit the library’s website for more information, http://www.monmouthcountylib.org/.

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