Black Men for Bernie Distribute Water to Newark Schools

In March, New Jersey’s largest school district shut off water fountains at 30 schools because of elevated lead levels in the water coming from within the schools themselves.

So the organization “Black Men for Bernie” visited the affected schools to distribute bottles of water.

Spike Lee Tells Americans to ‘Wake Up’ in Star-Studded Bernie Sanders Ad

Loading the player...


HuffPost reports that members of the organization drove all over Newark in a bus filled with cases of water to be delivered to affected schools, and that newly released data shows lead contamination has been a problem for Newark public schools for some time.

“Roughly one in eight water samples taken from the schools during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years contained lead above the Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘action level’ of 15 parts per billion,” according to HuffPost.

WANT MORE FROM ESSENCE? Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news.