Vice Mayor Simmons: “Black History is American History”

Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons of Coral Springs on Black History

Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons.

By: Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons

Carter G. Woodson is known as the Father of Black History. He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, a historically Black Greek Letter Organization of which I am a member as well.

Brother Woodson opened up and made accessible the learning and understanding of Black History in America. His impact rippled forward, creating new destinies and opportunities for Black Americans all over the United States, even in our beautiful City of Coral Springs. 

In 2018, we made history together when I was elected as the first Black Commissioner in the City’s history. Then, two years later, we made history again with the election of the first Black woman and Haitian American, Commissioner Nancy Metayer.

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These are moments to take great pride in.

These moments show that we have the ability to grow and progress.

These historical moments show one of our City’s strengths: the ability to change, knowing change can be uncomfortable. 

The pride I have in our residents and Coral Springs is immense. I represent you with the utmost integrity and passion everywhere I go. We are a diverse city, and we celebrate our cultural differences even when we don’t always agree on the days topics, but we love each other and come together as good neighbors should. 

Black History is American History.

Coral Springs’ History is American History. For this month of February, try to learn something new about a historic Black American. Chances are you’ll be surprised by what you discover. 

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