The City of Albany Common Council celebrates African American / Black History Month with a special video featuring remarks by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Assemblymember John McDonald, Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Housing Authority Executive Director Chiquita D’Arbeau. Featuring performances from Jordan Taylor Hill, Poetyc Visionz, and Prishel Encarnation from Giffen Memorial Elementary School!! The National Negro Anthem performed by Sidrah Stephens with Patricia Stephens-Burchette and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area. The keynote speaker this year is Jennifer Richardson.
James Campbell Matthews, Albany Law School’s first alumnus who can be identified with certainty as African American selected by Hon. Corey Ellis, Council President
Lauren Manning, Center for Law and Justice selected by Ward 4 Hon. Kelly Kimbrough, President Pro Tempore
Marie Campbell, Founder of Blooms by Marie selected by Ward 13 Hon. Ginnie Farrell, Majority Leader
Destini Harris selected by Ward 1 Hon. Sonia Frederick
Ernestine White selected by Ward 2 Hon. Derek Johnson
Ricja Rice, Esq. Albany City Court (Trial Part) selected by Ward 3 Hon. Joyce Love
Tabora Marcus selected by Ward 5 Hon. Jahmel Robinson
Ken Screven selected by Ward 6 Hon. Richard Conti
LeQuana Ham selected by Ward 7 Hon. Catherine M. Fahey
Damarise Mann, Director of Foster Care and Adoption Programs at Northern Rivers Family Services selected by Ward 8 Hon. Jack Flynn
LaVonda Collins, Esq. selected by Ward 9 Hon. Judy Doesschate
Gladys Lewis selected by Ward 10 Hon. Owusu Anane
Sarah Hines selected by Ward 11 Hon. Alfredo Balarin
Danielle Gillespie, City Clerk selected by Ward 12 Hon. Michael O’Brien
Hon. Christina Ryba, Albany County Supreme Court selected by Ward 14 Hon Joseph Igoe
Yasser Teouri, Student at University at Albany selected by Ward 15 Hon Tom Hoey
Speaks thanks to Minister Liam O. Staley & Pastor Traynham.
Video Edited by and Produced by: Michele Andre, Ryan Murray and Keith Morale
Video Contributors by Mark Bob- Semple, President Pro Tem Kelly Kimbrough and City Clerk Danielle Gillespie
This video is a loving tribute to Warren Mackey.