Jerika Richardson pushes for reform in systems that disenfranchise the Black community

Jerika Richardson
By Shania DeGroot

Jerika Richardson, 39, grew up in Somerset, New Jersey. She reminisced on her early years in her community, the community that helped her appreciate the value of being interested and engaged in making sure others felt heard.

“My family was very involved in the community of central New Jersey and I think that one of the things that they instilled in me is the importance of engaging in your community and the importance of voting, so one of the things that I remember is being there as a young person, being able to go to the poll with my parents,” said Richardson.

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