JUNE 2016 – ISSUE 06 – JUST GO!
“The measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy’’ are the words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and practiced by Alonzo Cartlidge., II.
Having heard the family legacy that Cartlidge men did not live beyond their 30’s, Alonzo felt a need to make his impression on the world as quickly as possible. His being educated mainly in the south was a major reason for his participation in the desegregation movement during the sixties. During his career, he became the youngest administrator to be employed as Director of Student Activities at Benedict College. At the age of 21, he became the Assistant Dean of Students at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. Cartlidge’s professional career has impacted students from all nationalities, and from all walks of life at the City University of NY, Kean College of New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College, and Saint Peter’s College, where he served as Assistant Dean of Academics.
Today, Cartlidge serves as President of Our Gang Group, LLC., a travel and event planning corporation headquartered in Maplewood, NJ. With offices in Brooklyn, NY and Atlanta, Ga., Our Gang Travel is celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary in the industry, and has received accolades from many travel partners, including recognition by Royal Caribbean International as Regional Travel Partner for three consecutive years.
In his office, Alonzo has a prominent display of “The Measure of a Man,” along with two other framed sayings. Ecclesiastes 3:1—12, “All Things In Their Time” and “It doesn’t matter where you go or what you have, but who you have beside you.”