Mayor Christian Price presents the Black History Month proclamation to Rev. Arnold Jackson. Photo by Jim Headley

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, Mayor Christian Price made a proclamation declaring February as National Black History Month in Maricopa:

Whereas, Diversity of social identity, including racial and cultural identity, contributes positively to the development of society and is a matter of pride and celebration; and
Whereas, Americans of African descent have made valuable and lasting contributions to our country and our state, achieving exceptional success in all aspects of society including business, education, politics, science and the arts; and
Whereas, in 1976, Black History Month was adopted to honor and affirm the importance of the history of African Americans and to focus on the stories and teachings of those who helped build our nation, advance the cause of civil rights and strengthen families and communities; and
Whereas, the City of Maricopa continues to work toward becoming an inclusive community in which all citizens, past, present, and future, are respected and recognized for their contributions and potential contributions to our community, the state, the country, and the world.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Christian Price, Mayor of the City of Maricopa, do hereby proclaim the month of February 2019 as Black History Month in the City of Maricopa, Arizona, and we urge all citizens to join with us in celebrating the significance of Black culture in its past, present, and going forward into the future.

After he presented Rev. Arnold Jackson with the proclamation, a short reception took place in the city hall lobby to honor Black History Month. Cobbler and ice cream were served by Helen’s Kitchen, and the anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was sung.

After returning to session after the short reception, the city council discussed changing the way council meeting are run, including the elimination of most of the 6 p.m. work sessions that take place before the regular meetings at 7.

Council members also discussed whether they should start their regular meetings at 6, 6:30 or 7 p.m. The matter will be discussed and potentially voted on at their next meeting on Feb. 19.