Wednesday, January 30, 2013
FOUNDATION RECOGNIZES KWANZA HALL, YEAR OF BOULEVARD
– District 2 Councilmember Kwanza Hall recently returned from Los Angeles,
where he and seven other city councilmembers from across the country were
recognized for their innovative, community-based initiatives. The W.K.
Kellogg Foundation recognized Hall for his Year of Boulevard initiative, which
he launched in January 2012.
The Foundation’s week-long
Empowerment Congress Leadership Institute brought together delegations led by
councilmembers from eight cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Newark, Oakland,
Nashville, and Denver.
“I was honored to be
invited to attend this week-long institute,” said Hall. “The opportunity to
network with my peers from urban areas across the country was invaluable.”
Hall led a six-member
Atlanta delegation, which included Dagmar Epsten, CEO of The Epsten Group;
Darrell Glasco, Founder of Emergonomics; Harold Barnette,
community development consultant and previous chair of NPU-M; Jesse Clark,
Executive Director of the Historic District Development Corporation; and Jay
Tribby, PhD, Chief of Staff to Hall.
Throughout the week, the
delegations were introduced to the work of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark
Ridley-Thomas’ Empowerment Congress. The Empowerment Congress seeks to
educate, engage, and empower citizens about the work of government.
Ridley-Thomas began the initiative 21 years ago when first elected as a Los
Angeles city councilmember.
Through panels, site visits,
and interactions with community leaders, the delegations gained valuable
knowledge to take home and apply to their respective communities.
Hall’s Year of Boulevard
initiative aims to improve public safety and increase opportunities for families
in District 2’s Boulevard corridor, which has the highest concentration of
poverty in the southeastern United States.