Black History Month is a very important as its highlights the celebration of history, achievements and accomplishments of African Americans in the United States. As we celebrate the contribution of those in the past it’s important to focus on those who are making history today. January 1, 2014 the city of Rochester NY sworn in its first female mayor Lovely Ann Warren. Mayor Warren was born in Rochester NY attended and graduated from Wilson Magnet High School. She graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and from Albany Law School of Union University with a Juris Doctorate. Her passion for politics and law came at an early age when her grandfather, Cecil McClary Sr. was shot while working as a security guard.
Warren served as a legislative assistant and chief of staff to New York Assemblyman David Gantt. She clerked for Rochester municipal Judge Teresa Johnson. She served as summer law clerk to New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. In 2004, Warren was admitted to the bar and in 2007 Warren was elected to the Rochester’s City Council. In 2010 she became the youngest to be elected as the fifth President of the Rochester City Council and have also appeared as guest speakers on several panels like We Live NY Summit, Rochester Downtown Development Corporation and the Rochester Chapter of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Warren continues to remain active with events for the youth to let them know that their community leaders care about their achievements.
The swearing of the Mayor of Rochester took place Jan 1, 2014 not in city hall but at the bedside of Lovely Warren grandfather whom has been such an inspiration to her life who unfortunately died Jan. 2, 2014 just one day after Mayor Warren was sworn in.
The Mayor states that it’s her Faith, hard work and family values that continues to guide her path to community service to the residents of Rochester, New York. She stated “when we look at black history it’s important we all recognize that we are all standing on the shoulders of those who came before us and she has great admiration for women like Shirley Chisholm who was the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Congress.”
For info on Celebrate Black History project go to https://www.facebook.com/celebrateblackhistorybuffalo
More info on Mayor Warren go to http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589934829