NEWARK, NJ – Yesterday she coached her younger son Issac, 5, on the best way to display the African-American flag as they watched police officers pass along the parade route. "Wave it proudly honey, proudly," Whiteneck said.

The 39th annual African-American Statewide Heritage Parade and Festival was held yesterday as tens of thousands packed the streets of Newark to celebrate the culture and accomplishments of black Americans.