MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP - The Meridian Township Board unanimously approved a resolution commemorating the celebration of Black History Month. While Black History Month is a nation wide celebration, this resolution wanted to go a step further. This resolution wants to acknowledge all the contributions African American's have brought to the country and the Township's history, while also reflecting on the distance we still need to go for equality.
The resolution also celebrates the political achievements of African American's in the Township, albeit recent accomplishments. Gilbert Sherman was the first African American to serve on the Township Board, as he was appointed Township Treasurer in 1999. Milton L. Scales became the first African American elected to the Township Board in 2012 and he served until 2016. In 2016, Patricia Jackson became the first African American female to be elected to the Township Board, as she still serves in that role today.
Additionally, since 2015 the Township has made a more concerted effort to increase diversity in all Township functions.
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