BM4F Makes History: First Lead Prevention & Sustainability Commission in the State of Tennessee

Sep 4, 2019 | Uncategorized, Young, Gifted & Green Blog Series | 0 comments

September 4, 2019

Today marked history for Shelby County, Tennessee (Memphis) as our Founder CEO & President LaTricea D. Adams was appointed by Mayor Lee Harris (a DOPE, BLACK KING) as an inaugural member of the Lead Prevention & Sustainability Commission. The idea and concept was birthed at Black Millennials 4 Flint’s (BM4F) 2nd Annual Young, Gifted & Green Community Action Summit which took place during Congressional Black Caucus Week 2018. That year, BM4F awarded at that time Tennessee State Senator Lee Harris with the Wangari Maathai Revolutionary Advocacy Award for his exemplary leadership by introducing SB 619 calling for mandatory testing for lead in water in all district schools and childcare centers. The Wangari Maathai Revolutionary Advocacy Award is dedicated to elected officials who have been champions in guiding local and state policies and legislation surrounding lead prevention. The award’s namesake pays homage to world renowned Kenyan environmental political activist and Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai.

Mayor Harris’ Chief of Staff, Danielle Inez was the mastermind behind the scenes working along with LaTricea to create a #LeadFreeShelby for our children and families. This moment is not just an epic win for Shelby County or even Tennessee, this progressive, community-based leadership model is one of very few in the country. BM4F’s goal is to replicate lead prevention commissions (boards) in cities, municipalities and states across the country. We also have to acknowledge the power of black millennial women. 50% of this newly established commission are black millennial women and the brain child of this project was…you guessed it– a black millennial woman. This brings an entirely new meaning to #BlackGirl Magic.

In honor of Danielle Inez’s efforts with helping to make history in her beloved hometown, we will be honoring her with the Rigoberta Menchu Presidential Award. This award is dedicated to a community leader who has made strides in programming dedicated to environmental justice. The award’s namesake pays homage to The Nobel Peace Prize winner and internationally renowned human, women’s and indigenous rights, political activist Rigoberta Menchu who fought back against Chrevron-Texaco’s irreversible damage to Ecuador’s Amazon.

If you will be in the DC area September 12, 2019, join us for our 3rd Annual Young, Gifted & Green Community Action Summit taking place during Congressional Black Caucus Week 2019 at Broccoli City Bar (1817 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001) 2:00 PM-4:30 PM. We celebrate liberation and black excellence 365 days a year…#PERIODT!

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