Today's Date: April 15, 2021
Code Fellows Partners with Memphis-based CodeCrew   •   It’s Time To Deploy An Army of Home Chefs as First Food Responders™ To Feed America’s Hungry Families   •   Woman-Owned Startup Focused on Bias in the Workplace Acquires DBE Certification   •   IWantToMowYourLawn.com Adds Tools Helping Seniors, Veterans, Disabled & Underprivileged Persons Receive Free Yard Care from   •   Nintendo Download: Your 400-Day Countdown Begins … Now!   •   Amigos For Kids Launches Riveting Public Awareness Campaign During National Child Abuse Prevention Month   •   Ledyard Financial Group Named One of the Top 25 Bank Boards for Women   •   Jack Daniel's & Remezcla Launch The "New Calle" Music Program Featuring Platinum-Selling Latin Artist De La Ghetto   •   A Digital Transformation: Mary Kay Inc. Launches Immersive Virtual Experience Platform Suite 13TM   •   SAS analysis helps Malala Fund predict impact of climate change on girls' education   •   John Hancock Retirement expands advice program to all 401k plans   •   Old Navy Announces Sustainability Commitments Alongside Initiative to Fund 51 Eco-Focused GoFundMe Fundraisers From Next Generat   •   Woodcraft Rangers to Hire 1,000 School-Age Childcare Workers in 7 Days for April 19 LA Schools to Reopen   •   Bounty Paper Towels Reveals Potential Spots for Bacteria in the Home   •   Element 1 Corp to host event showcasing zero-emission fuel cell technology in neighborhood vehicle   •   MoneyGram Delivers All-Time Record High for Transactions in its Direct-to-Consumer Digital Business in March   •   P&G’s “It’s Our Home” Shows How Small Actions at Home Can Make A Big Difference for Our Planet   •   Meketa Announces Results of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Questionnaire Aimed at Reviewing, Evaluating and Encouraging Asset   •   Sweet Earth Featured in Woman's World Magazine and Provides Update on Bioavailability Research   •   DICK'S Sporting Goods Becomes Founding Partner of Black Coaches United
Bookmark and Share

Newly Elected Black Mayors Make Jobs A Priority


 

 

 

 

Commentary by Marc Morial, President National Urban League


The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

unemploymentBlack News, African American News, Minority News, Civil Rights News, Discrimination, Racism, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality, Afro American NewsNEW YORK - The recent elections of Alvin Brown as Jacksonville, Florida’s first African American mayor and Michael Hancock as Denver’s second Black mayor, provide much needed new hope and leadership in the war on unemployment.  Both Brown and Hancock have strong Urban League roots and both have made job creation in their cities job number one.

On May 19th, Alvin Brown, a former president of the Greater Washington Urban League Guild, shook up the political establishment of Florida’s largest city when he won election as Jacksonville’s first African American mayor.  Mayor-elect Brown’s long arc to City Hall began in the working class neighborhoods of Jacksonville, where he was raised by a devoted mother and grandmother who worked two jobs to raise him and his siblings.  He worked as a meat cutter at the local Winn Dixie while attending Jacksonville State University.  Hard times almost derailed his college aspirations until a Jacksonville pastor co-signed for a loan to keep him in school.

Brown earned his B.S. and M.B.A. from Jacksonville State and completed post graduate study at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  He served as a senior urban affairs advisor for both President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.  As executive director of the White House Community Empowerment Board, he managed a $4 billion initiative to create jobs in urban America.  Upon winning the election, Brown said, “My first priority is jobs.  We must invest in the inner city and create public-private partnerships.”

Denver Mayor-elect, Michael Hancock, credits his background as the former President of the Denver Urban League and his two-terms as President of the Denver City Council with inspiring his run for City Hall.  He won a run-off election on June 6 and becomes the second African American mayor in the history of the Mile High City.  Wellington Webb was the first, serving from 1991-2003.

Hancock had a tough childhood.  Growing up, he and his nine siblings experienced periods of homelessness.  A brother died of AIDS.  A sister was killed by an estranged boyfriend.  Through it all, Hancock has always been a leader, both in his family and in the Denver community.  He attended college in Nebraska, returning home every summer to work in Mayor Frederico Pena’s office.  After graduation he earned his Master’s in public administration from The University of Colorado-Denver.  

Hancock started his career in the 1990’s, holding down two jobs at the Denver Housing Authority and the National Civic League.  He joined Metro Denver’s Urban League affiliate in 1995 and in 1999, at the age of 29, became the youngest Urban League president in America.

When asked about his priorities as Mayor, Hancock answered, “Growing jobs, without question.  Everything we do will be about the sustainability of jobs in this city.  Nothing’s more important…”

Alvin Brown and Michael Hancock know what it means to beat the odds.  They are also both committed to creating good jobs so that more Americans like them have the chance to realize their dreams.  We congratulate them on their victories and wish them all the best.



STORY TAGS: unemploymentBlack News, African American News, Minority News, Civil Rights News, Discrimination, Racism, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality, Afro American News



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News