LANCASTER – Lancaster Mayor Emeritus Henry Hearns joined several local community leaders for a press conference Friday to announce the formation of an Antelope Valley African American Leadership Council.
The new nonprofit organization unites and provides a supportive environment for African American leaders serving in various capacities throughout the Antelope Valley, Hearns explained.
“We’re hoping that we can bring about that unity where we’ll speak with one voice,” Hearns said.
Details on specific issues the Council would tackle, who its members are, and when its members would meet are still being worked out, as the Council is still in its infancy stages, Hearns said.
Hearns, who chairs the new organization, distributed a press statement outlining the purpose, mission and vision of the new Antelope Valley African American Leadership Council. Read the statement below:
“The Antelope Valley African American Leadership Council is a coalition of progressive leaders representing African American leaders and organizations in the Valley, ensuring national, state, and local policies are adhered to, and working every day to improve the health, education and social well-being of our community.
The Council’s mission is to provide a supportive environment for African American leaders and organizations in the areas of leadership, unity, policy, and decision making by lending influence to agendas that seek to improve the lives of all African Americans in the Antelope Valley. The Council will serve as a sounding board for directing, advising and empowering African American stakeholders through supportive guidance for African American goals, upward mobility and collective legacy.
Our vision is to support, empower, and hold accountable African American leaders and organizations that have a direct political, social, education, spiritual, and economic impact on the African American community. The Council supports by assisting in organization, development, and implementation; empowers by lending history, influence, endorsements, and guidance; and holds accountable by accessing the goals of the leader and/or organization, and ensuring said goals align with the improvement, health, education, and social well-being of the African American community.”