VFP Honors Black Mayors, History Makers And Living Legacies

Monday, March 25, 2019 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

During a reception held March 23 at Rock of Ages Baptist Church’s T.H. Wade Foundation Center, 1405 Madison St. in Maywood, the Village Free Press formally recognized the 10 individuals designated Black History Makers and Living Legacies in a special Black History section of the print paper that we published last month.

The event was catered, and the room decorated, by Bellwood-based Symone’s Catering. Each designee received an illustration of their likeness created by local artist Shanel Romain.

Near the end of the day’s event, the mayors of Bellwood, Broadview and Maywood were honored with a painting unveiling. Feel free to experience the occasion in the photos below:

State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, the first African American female Senate Majority Leader in the state’s history. | Shanel Romain

Talei Thompson, the former president of the Maywood-Proviso Rotary Club (which has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing clubs in the country) and Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough, the first African American female clerk in the county’s history. | Shanel Romain

Elizabeth Walker, the assistant principal of Proviso East High School, accepts a drawing on behalf of Dr. Patrick Hardy, the school’s principal, who has helped turn around the historic institution during his several years at the helm. | Shanel Romain

Christopher Parker, left, who as the president of the Bellwood Chamber of Commerce steered the six-decade-old institution to hire the first executive director in its history. | Shanel Romain

Phyllis Duncan, the founder of Mothers of Murdered Sons and a constant community presence. | Shanel Romain

Quinton “Danka” Beasley, the founder of Danka’s Basketball League, one of the largest amateur basketball leagues in the Chicago area. | Shanel Romain

Bishop Pam Lawrence, the founder of MECA Christian Academy in Bellwood. | Shanel Romain

Jeremy Horn, a passionate and engaged Proviso East alum who is a ubiquitous presence in the life of the school. | Shanel Romain

Vena Nelson, the founder of the Global Business Center in Maywood and accountant to countless small businesses. | Shanel Romain

Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey (that village’s first black mayor), Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins (that village’s first black female mayor), and Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson (that village’s first black female mayor) gaze at a painting of their likeness commissioned by Village Free Press and created by local artist Shanel Romain. State Sen. Kimberly Lightford looks on. | Shanel Romain

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