BY AMANDA MOSES
Black History Month (February 1st to February 28th) is an annual observance in which we remember the contributions and innovations developed by African Americans while also acknowledging their struggles with adversity and the countless hardships these individuals underwent throughout the course of history.
The Spring Creek Sun celebrates Black History with a commemoration to the political figures in our Brooklyn community by high-lighting their achievements and inspirational efforts.
Nikki Lucas is a longtime Spring Creek Towers’ resident and former District Leader (2016-2018). Her civic involvement has brought forth an array of programs and initiatives beneficial for all East New Yorkers. She has hosted a series of events, such as the recent Public Advocate Candidates’ Forum and the annual East Hat Pageant (which also introduces local judges to the community). She’s served as a Board Member for Community Board 5 (and sits on the Economic Development Committee). Lucas is also the founder and president of The People First Democratic Club and the People First Education Fund.
Roxanne Persaud is a member of the New York Senate for the 19th District (since 2015). She currently serves as the as the chair of the Social Services Committee. Persaud is also a member of the Banks, Children and Families, Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, Labor, and Transportation Committees. She has a very prestigious back-ground serving as the: President of the 69th Precinct Community Council in Canarsie, a member of Community Board 18 and Com-missioner on the New York City Districting Commission, a graduate of the NYPD Citizens Police Academy and the New York City Office of Emergency Management-Community Emergency Response Team. Her work has spanned beyond the Brooklyn area, helping to organize awareness campaigns highlighting domestic violence and cancer awareness. She also participates in many events in Spring Creek Towers, showing her support of seniors, local schools and other organizations.
Hakeem Jeffries is a lawyer and a member of the US House of Representatives, representing New York’s 8th Congressional District (since 2013) He has dedicated his work to advocating for social and economic justice. He has tried to push for legislation for criminal justice reform, sponsoring the bill First Step Act (which has been passed into law). This piece of legislation provides incarcerated individuals with mental health counseling, education, vocational services, and substance abuse treatment to help these individuals get back on their feet, so that they are able to have a second chance at life. Jeffries is also known for addressing the concerns of his constituents through Congressman on Your Corner (held in Spring Creek Towers and in other communities that he represents).
Inez Barron is a member of the New York City Council (since 2013) as the representative for the 42nd District. In 2008, Barron won the seat for Assemblywoman in District 60 after it was vacated. Barron has been committed to community activism for many years and was also a former educator. She taught within the New York City Public Schools system for more than 36 years (she retired as a principal). Through her tenure as council-woman, she has hosted various informational sessions on legal advice for domestic violence survivors and other seminars.
Charles Barron is an Assemblyman for District 60 since 2013. From 2001 to 2013 he served as a councilman for the 42nd New York City Council District. In the 1980s Barron also served as chief of staff for Rev. Herbert Daughtry. Since that time, Barron has been a community activist in East New York. His activism began at just 18 years old when he was recruited to the Harlem branch of the Black Panther Party. He founded the Dynamics of Leadership Company with his wife, Inez Barron and wrote two children’s books: Up You Mighty People, You Can Accomplish What You Will and Look For Me in the Whirlwind.
Photos by Dean Moses, Amanda Moses, SCTA, and SCSP.