NYC Comptroller Stringer honors four trailblazers at Medgar Evers African-American History Month event
New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer hosted his annual Trailblazers event on Feb. 25 in honor of African-American History Month at Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights. The event was co-hosted by U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, state Sen. Jesse Hamilton, Assemblymember Walter T. Mosley and Councilmember Laurie Cumbo.
“When we think about trailblazers, we are honoring the people who set new paths, but we are also looking to those who are building upon that foundation,” said Stringer. “Tonight, we are recognizing four leaders who are pushing our society towards positive change, for today, and for the future: Coney Island Generation Gap (CIGG), Jamilah Lemieux, Mike Muse and Faith Williams.”
The evening kicked off with remarks by the dean of Enrollment Management for Medgar Evers College, Dr. Dereck Skeete, followed by a performance by Adisa Swaby, a 13-year old Brooklyn-based musician and member of the Middle School Jazz Academy of Lincoln Center.
Stringer honored three individuals and one organization for their leadership in moving the city forward with innovation and dedication.
Coney Island Generation Gap (CIGG)
∙ CIGG is an organization that educates and empowers youth, families and seniors in Coney Island through the arts and helps them build a path to a brighter future. Their “Future Focus Project” teaches young people arts and media education, health and wellness and documentary filmmaking. CIGG founder and Assemblymember Pamela Harris accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
∙ Lemieux is the senior editor at EBONY Magazine and is a fierce advocate for racial equality, social justice and LGBT rights. Her words have shined a light on the many faces of diversity, challenged the status quo and shifted the public discourse toward greater acceptance. Her appearances on television and radio and her work at numerous magazines have earned her recognition from top organizations, including The Root and Planned Parenthood.
∙ Muse is co-founder of Muse Recordings, and an established force in music, business and politics, influencing discussions from pop culture to youth policy and beyond. He was recently appointed the Small Business Administration’s Millennial Entrepreneur Champion for President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.
∙ Williams is student body president of Wadleigh High School in Harlem. At 18 years old, she is already a role model for her peers. In January, Williams organized her fellow students to participate in a rally led by Stringer against e-cigarette advertising that targets young kids.
—Information from Comptroller Stringer’s Office