Mildred C. Crump was sworn in as Newark’s first African-American Councilwoman on July 1, 1994 in the 336 year history of this city. She brought a much needed perspective to that governing body. A longtime community activist, she has been a consummate and consistent advocate for women, children, senior citizens, the disabled, working families and those in need. On July 1, 2006, she was again sworn in as Councilwoman at-Large. She created history once again when she was elected as the first female president of the Newark Municipal Council.
Ms. Crump was born in Detroit, Michigan where she attended and graduated from the local public schools. Upon graduation from Wayne State University, she was the recipient of the David D. McKenzie Honor Society Award as the “Most Outstanding Female Student for Leadership and Scholarship”. She established another mark in history by becoming the first African-American Braille teacher in the City of Detroit. Upon moving to New Jersey in 1965, she became the first African-American Braille teacher in this state. She received her Master’s degree from Rutgers University, Newark in Public Administration.
As a resident of Newark, Ms. Crump has been active with numerous organizations. She is a past President and member of the Board of Trustees for Integrity House, Inc., Vice-Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the Bridge to Recovery, charter member of the African-American Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., past Chairman of the Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity, Newark and subscribing Golden Heritage Life Member of the Newark Branch NAACP to name a few. She was a founding member of the New Jersey Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., the National Political Congress for Black Women of Newark, under the leadership of the late Honorable Shirley A. Chisholm, and the Global Women’s Leadership Collaborative of New Jersey, an organization dedicated to “sisterhood” issues with women in Africa. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service sorority.
Councilwoman Crump is the Founder of the Newark Women’s Conference, Inc., an organization whose purpose is to promote the empowerment of women in Newark and vicinity. The conference is a two-day event which to date has had more than 6,000 participating women of all ages, social and ethnic backgrounds.
She is the host of a local Cable Television Show entitled, “Straight Talk with Mildred Crump“. Issues of relevance affecting the quality of life are discussed and debated. Her services as a motivational speaker are often requested by schools, churches and public service organizations.
She is not ashamed to declare that “she loves God” and is an active member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Newark. She is a member of the Senior Missionary Society, the Altar Guild, the AIDS Ministry and the Welcome Committee. She is also an active member of the World Gospel Musical Association, an amalgamated choir, under the direction of Dr. Albert J. Lewis, Jr.
She has presented workshops on the “Empowerment of Women” in Beijing, China, Ghana, West Africa, Nigeria, West Africa and throughout the United States of America.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Women of Prominence, the Who’s Who of University Women and other prestigious publications. Some of her proudest moments were being selected as the “Essex County Woman of the Year”, 1995, named one of the “100 Most Influential Citizens in New Jersey”, 1996, “New Jersey Woman of the Year for World Peace”, 1997, and recipient of the “Beatrice Warrington Lifetime Service Award”, for her work with children who have special needs, from the New Jersey Minorities with Disabilities Coalition, 2004.
In December of 2006, she was elected to the National Board of Directors for Women in Municipal Government (WIMG). She became the first woman from the city of Newark to be elected to this august body of women who serve nationwide. She, subsequently, was elected National President of Women in Municipal Government in the United States. In 2008, she was elected to the National Board of Directors of the National League of Cities representing the State of New Jersey.
Her greatest achievement thus far was her selection as “Garden State Woman of the Year, 2007” by Garden State Woman Magazine. She was the first African-American woman chosen for this great honor. In November of 2008, she was featured in O Magazine as one of 80 women selected nationwide from a pool of 3,000 applicants to participate in the O Magazine – White House Project.
She served as a Commissioner for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission for the State of New Jersey. She received a “super honor” by being selected as one of eight (8) citizens from the State of New Jersey to have her name inscribed on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument located in Washington, D.C. In November 0f 2014, she was the recipient of the “Susan B. Burgess” Award for her outstanding contributions to the national organization of Democratic Municipal Officials. In November of 2015, she created another “first” when Governor Chris Christie appointed her as a Commissioner of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission. She was the first African American woman appointed to this august body.
She retired in 2003 after 42 years as a Braille Teacher and Education Consultant from the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Ms. Crump is a widow and the proud mother of two children, Cecil Lawrence (Larry) Crump, an attorney in Newark, and Sheri E. Crump, an Arts Programmer in New Orleans, Louisana.
“To God be the glory for the things He hath done”