Office of the License Collector’s Black History Salute
African American Aldermen at Culturally Relevant Event
Worthy of their Contributions
The Office of the License Collector brought Black History Month into the present with a salute to African American Aldermen currently serving the City of St. Louis and the first African American President of the Board of Aldermen. This occasion marked the first time all of the African American Aldermen had been recognized as a group in City Hall for their collective contributions to the past, present and future of St. Louis. The first African American Alderman was in 1943.
- According to Michael McMillan, “It was time for the African American Aldermen to be recognized for the countless contributions, billions of development dollars raised and hundreds of legislative Board Bills they have sponsored for the good of all of St. Louis.”
Event highlights included African drums leading the Processional Salute of African American Aldermen; greetings from Michael McMillan, License Collector and Host; remarks from 18th Ward Terry M. Kennedy and Chairman of the African American Aldermanic Caucus and Foundation; keynote speaker, George Curry, award winning national syndicated columnist, CNN & BET commentator, author and former journalist at the St. Louis Post Dispatch, highly charged speech; Malik Ahmed, Founder of Better Family Life made special remarks about the extraordinary tribute worthy of kings and queens; and a remarkable Award Presentations. The recipients of the unique individually customized awards were Aldermen and Alderwomen: 1stWard, Alderman Charles Quincy Troupe; 2nd Ward, Alderwoman Dionne M. Flowers; 3rd Ward, Alderman Freeman M. Bosley, Sr.; 4th Ward, Alderman Samuel L. Moore; 5th Ward, Alderwoman April Ford-Griffin; 6th Ward, Alderwoman Kacie Starr Triplett;18th Ward, Alderman Terry M. Kennedy; 19th Ward, Alderwoman Marlene E. Davis; 21st Ward, Alderman Antonio D. French; 22nd Ward, Alderman Jeffrey L. Boyd; 26th Ward, Alderman Frank A. Williamson; 27th Ward, Alderman Gregory J. Carter; and Board of Aldermen President, Lewis M. Reed. The Mistress of Ceremonies was philanthropist and civic advocate, Ida Goodwin Woolfolk.
All participating vendors and executive level participants were African American.
Each Alderman received over 20 different gifts and recognitions. The contributing vendors were Michael’s Catering and Country Kitchen; Amber Boykins, Souvenir Customized glasses; Richard Davis Designs, Graphics; Sherri Robins, Dior Designs, Awards; Keith Tyronne Williams, Private Art Collection; Malik and DeBorah Ahmed, Private Art Collection; DeBorah Ahmed, Decorations; Forget Me Not Florist, Gift Basket Arrangements; Afro-World, Afro-centric letter openers, musical instruments, fans and mugs; George Curry’s book: Emerge Magazine Re-prints; Missouri Historic Museum: Anthologies of Black Writers in St. Louis; and Norman Ross, Historian and Innovator of the 20 Dynasties of Egyptian History displayed on 8ft tall by 120’ wide Mural.
The Office of the License Collector joined by its community partners Ameren Missouri, St. Louis Community College District, St. Louis Community Empowerment Foundation, Advanced Technologies and Solutions and Better Family Life presented a culturally Afro-centric, historically relevant and noteworthy salute to the City of St. Louis’ African American Aldermen. The event attracted over 250 community supporters and families of the Aldermen.
The guests and Honorees left highly inspired and impressed by the tribute they experienced.