New Leaders Myrick, Noldon and Johnson Honored

Councilman Jael Myrick (left) and Kathleen Sullivan, BWOPA President.
Judge Judy Johnson (left) and Pastor Cassandry Keys. Photos by Joe L. Fisher, Black American Political Action Committee.
Dr. Denise Noldon, President, Contra Costa College.

By BAPAC Staff

Jael Myrick knows a difficult job lies ahead.
But if the recently appointed city councilman ever had a doubt about the size of his community support, Thursday night’s welcome reception at Salute e Vita Ristorante likely erased it.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Myrick told a packed reception room. “We do need to make improvements, and we need to make sure that those improvements actually benefit folks living in the community.”
“We have a good habit of passing rumors in this city. But this is not a rumor, it’s a reality,” Vice-Mayor Corky Booze said. “This man is the most welcome person to the Richmond City Council. He owes nobody anything, he has proven that, and I am honored as vice-mayor to sit next to him.”
Myrick was one of a trio of new African-American leaders feted by Community Mobilization Leadership Coalition, a collaboration of several community groups. Other honorees were Contra

Vice Mayor Corky Booze
From left to right: Carl Adams, Cleo Smith and Donald Hampton.
Willie Robinson, President NAACP Richmond Branch.

Costa Superior Court Judge Judy Johnson and Dr. Denise Noldon, president of Contra Costa College.
“Dr. Noldon brings a passion for learning to Contra Costa College and, really, to this community,” said Dr. McKinley Williams, immediate past president of the college. “I truly believe she is the best person for this college at this particular time.”
The community coalition includes Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), the Black American Political Action Committee, NAACP-Richmond Branch, Men and Women of Purpose, Men and Women of Valor, 1 Richmond, One Accord Project, BMW, National Brotherhood Alliance, and the Guardians of Justice.
Speakers at the event touched on many of the same themes that For Richmond Coalition supports: growing the local economy, improving schools and public safety.
“To begin with, let’s figure out how to bring the call center to Richmond,” said Myrick,, referring to a proposed Health Benefit Exchange Call Center, part of a state-run health insurance

Honorable Judge Henry Ramsey (Retired).
Mc Kinley Williams, Past President Contra Costa College.
Antwon Cloird, Men and Women of Purpose.
Delon Jackson, Pam Bulbo and Naomi Williams.
Officer Riley and Delon Jackson, Guardians of Justice.

program that could bring more than 200 new jobs to Richmond.
The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors votes next week to decide where to locate it.
“This coalition is showing us, for the first time, that by coming

Michael Davenport, BMW and Lloyd Madden, BAPAC
Wesley Ellis, 1 Richmond
Madelyn Kronenberg, WCCUSD and John Whitehurst.
Karl Fischer, 4Richmond and Joe Lorenz, Chevron.
Linda and Vern Whitmore.
Lori Reese-Brown and Virgil Weeks
Carl Adams, Gaye Williams and Lloyd Madden.
Dr. Denise Noldon and Joe Lorenz

together as African-American groups in the community, there’s nothing we can’t do,” said Kathleen Sullivan, president of the Richmond chapter of BWOPA.