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Missouri City mayor makes history as first African-American and woman inducted into office



Missouri City officially made history over the weekend after inducting the area's first African-American and woman as mayor. Mayor Yolanda Ford was …
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Former police chief is Waterbury’s African-American mayor for the day


WATERBURY – Retired Waterbury Police Chief Vernon L. Riddick, Jr., was honored Wednesday as African-American Mayor for the Day at a ceremony in City Hall. A native of Waterbury, Riddick started his 24-year career with the Waterbury Police Department in 1994 after serving as a police officer in Ansonia for a year. In 2009, he […]


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It Happened Here: Bricklayer, leader, man of vision becomes Yakima’s first African-American mayor | Local


YAKIMA, Wash. — Henry Beauchamp was a bricklayer by trade, but it could be said that his true calling was building a better community.

Beauchamp, one of the longest-serving members of the Yakima City Council and the city’s first African-American mayor, was also the founder of OIC of Washington as well as the second executive director of the Southeast Community Center.

He was also a man who was driven by a vision of a community where people worked together.

“He wanted Yakima to be that ‘beloved community’ that Martin Luther King Jr. had a vision of,” said longtime community activist Ester Huey, who worked alongside Beauchamp.

Beauchamp was born Nov. 9, 1933, in Clinton, La., and lived…

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Dale Dover, F.C.’s 1st African-American Mayor, Dies at Age 69


DALE DOVER (LEFT) (Photo: News-Press)

Former Mayor of the City of Falls Church Dale Warren Dover (b. August 2, 1949) died Monday, Jan. 14, at the age of 69, in Alexandria, Va., succumbing to a battle with cancer. A Falls Church colleague described him as “A scholar, athlete, coach, diplomat, linguist, juris doctor, mayor, youth advocate, father, grandfather and friend, a renaissance man to all who knew him, committed to forging a pioneering life path, with an eye towards disrupting the status quo, demanding excellence and righting injustice — all while entertaining his audiences great and small.” Dover served as the first African-American mayor of Falls Church from 1990 to 1994.

Dover was born in New York City to Thomas Alfred Dover of Boston, MA and Virginia Elizabeth Carter Dover of…

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Eupora’s first African-American mayor featured speaker for MLK Day


EUPORA, Miss. (WCBI) – The town of Eupora celebrated MLK Day by recognizing the election of the town’s first African-American mayor.

Organizers planned the first-ever MLK March.

Participants met at Liberty United Methodist Church and marched to the Eupora Post Office for a short program.

Mayor Lamar Dumas was the featured speaker. He talked about the significance and relevance of Dr. King’s dream.

“There’s always room for improvement on the dream, but to me it’s very much alive. I’m a living recipient of the Civil Rights Movement. Without that movement, I probably would not even be mayor of the city of Eupora as we speak,” said Mayor Dumas.

Dumas was elected mayor of Eupora in 2017.

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Mayor Joe Meyer: City is a place of opportunity for all; disturbing video does not reflect our values


Two days before the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an intense discussion took place following breakfast at a Catholic church in Covington’s urban core.
 
The crowd listened as five courageous young women talked candidly about growing up in Northern Kentucky being, as it were, a bi-racial student in high school, an African-American of Jewish faith, an African-American of Muslim faith, a Mexican immigrant, and the Kentucky-born daughter of Mexican immigrants.
 
I left the church feeling buoyant: Over the years, the City of Covington has taken strong stances on issues pertaining to diversity, and here were people in Covington taking a leadership role in continuing to discuss issues of race, discrimination, and favoritism.
 
I felt very proud of this City’s commitment…

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