Liberian Born, Mike Elliott, sworn in as Brooklyn Center, MN first black mayor

On January 2, 2019, Liberian born, Mike Elliott was sworn in as Brooklyn Center, Minnesota first black mayor.

Elliott, 35-year-old, who is an immigrant from Liberia came to the United States at the age of 11-year-old with his family. Mayor Elliott attended Brooklyn Center schools and graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul with a B.A. in international management and a minor in political science. He has worked as a small-business owner and founder of Fastforward Education, a foundation focused on fostering academic success in Brooklyn Center schools.

According to Data USA, Brooklyn Center, a city in the state of Minnesota, has a population of 30,800 with a median age of about 32 and diverse demographics — 42.5 percent white, 28.2 percent black, 14.9 percent Asian, 10.1 percent Hispanic and 3.47 percent of mixed heritage.

Elliott defeated Mayor Tim Willson in the Nov. 6, 2018 election, with 55 percent of the vote. Willson served as mayor since 2007.

During his inauguration ceremony, Elliott thanked his grandmother for showing selflessness during the First Liberian Civil War, when she fed her grandchildren instead of herself. He thanked his eighth-grade English teacher for giving him the courage to run for student council president and his high school principal for teaching him to help his fellow struggling students.

“Minnesota welcomed us, and Brooklyn Center put arms around us,” Elliott said.

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