Atlantic City’s Pop Lloyd, the Negro League star who is already in the Baseball Hall of Fame, hasn’t made the New Jersey Hall of Fame yet.
Neither has Egg Harbor City's Peace Pilgrim, who gave up all possessions in 1953 and walked 25,000 miles for peace until her death in 1981. She has followers all over the world and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Both are nominated this year for the New Jersey Hall of Fame, competing against nine others in their respective categories.
Nanette LoBiondo Galloway, and others in Egg Harbor City, worked tirelessly last year to get Peace Pilgrim nominated. They circulated a petition urging her nomination, and got local, county and state representatives to pass resolutions supporting it.
Now the group is getting the word out on how to vote for a woman who is better known in other parts of the world than in her own backyard.
An international group called Friends of Peace Pilgrim is dedicated to keeping her message alive, and a statue of her stands with busts of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas K. Gandhi at the United Nations Peace University in Costa Rica. Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania houses her writings.
Micheal Everett, of Atlantic City, is involved in the Pop Lloyd committee and works to educate the public about the baseball star. He said he doesn’t know who got Lloyd on the ballot, but Everett said he will be contacting anyone he can think of to get people to vote. He’ll reach out to the Society for American Baseball Research, he said.
“Atlantic City should be real excited,” Everett said. “Everybody should be posting their vote.”
Ralph Hunter at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey in Atlantic City and Newtonville, Buena Vista Township, said he’ll work to encourage voters, too.
Lloyd, who moved to Atlantic City after his baseball career ended and died in 1965, is up against stars such as figure skater Dick Button of Englewood and basketball player Patrick Ewing of Englewood Cliffs, in the Sports category.
Peace Pilgrim, who is listed under her name Mildred Norman Ryder, is up against nine others in the Public Service category. She needs to get more votes than the likes of former Gov. Jim Florio, Continental Congress member William Livingston and abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
The Hall is only seven years old, and inducts five people a year. Those in the hall are mostly North Jerseyans, with South Jersey represented by those from the western portion such as actor Bruce Willis of Penns Grove, elected in 2011; and poet Walt Whitman of Camden, elected in 2009.
Voting is for one month only and ends June 15.
Peace Pilgrim’s sister Helene Young, 99, lives in Galloway Township and is in good health. Young has said she would like to see her sister inducted into the hall before she dies.
The local group’s website is peacepilgrim100.com and has a 10-minute video about Peace Pilgrim’s life, includes poet Maya Angelou and the Dalai Lama talking about Peace Pilgrim. The international group’s site is peacepilgrim.org.
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