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Black History

During this past year of an International Pandemic, African Americans have once again shown their perseverance and resilience. These Few individuals which have been selected are not the only examples of that resilience but those whom we at MORENO bhlv ADMIRE GREATLY. The United States of America, the most powerful nation in the world, has Four African American Mayors who Lead the Four Largest Economies in the United States, two of whom are Women. We also recognize a Physician/Administrators/Educators that lead and are an example of what is possible. We celebrate the life that was Pele’s and of course, the Breakthrough at the United States Supreme Court.

Black History Month

February 1st To March 1st 2023

Ketanji Brown Jackson

Ketanji Brown Jackson is an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. She was nominated by President Joe Biden (D) on February 28, 2022, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 7, 2022, by a vote of 53-47.[1][2][3] Jackson received her judicial commission on April 8, 2022, and was sworn in as an associate justice of the court on June 30, 2022.
The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest judicial body in the United States and leads the judicial branch of the federal government. To learn more about the court, click here.
Prior to her confirmation to the Supreme Court, Jackson was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Jackson was nominated to the court by President Joe Biden (D) on April 19, 2021, and confirmed by the United States Senate on June 14, 2021, by a vote of 53-44.[5][6][7] She was previously a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She joined the district court in 2013. President Barack Obama (D) nominated Jackson to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on September 20, 2012, to the seat previously held by Henry Kennedy.[8] Jackson’s nomination was returned to the president at the sine die adjournment of the 112th United States Congress on January 3, 2013. President Obama resubmitted Jackson’s nomination on January 4, 2013.

Early life and education

Jackson was born in 1970 in Washington, D.C.[31] She then moved with her family to Florida, where she graduated from Miami Palmetto High School in 1988.[32] She received a bachelor’s degree in government, magna cum laude, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard University in 1992 and 1996, respectively.[4][33][31] She served as the supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review from 1995 to 1996.[31]

Professional career

  • 2022-present: Justice, United States Supreme Court
  • 2021-2022: Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • 2013-2021: Judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • 2010-2014: Vice chair/Commissioner, United States Sentencing Commission
  • 2007-2010: Of counsel (Private practice), Morrison & Foerster LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • 2005-2007: Assistant federal public defender, Office of the Federal Public Defender
  • 2003-2005: Assistant special counsel, United States Sentencing Commission
  • 2002-2003: Associate, The Feinberg Group, LLP
  • 2000-2002: Associate, Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston, Mass.
  • 1999-2000: Law clerk, Hon. Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1998-1999: Associate, Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • 1997-1998: Law clerk, Hon. Bruce Marshall Selya, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
  • 1996-1997: Law clerk, Hon. Patti Saris, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts[31]


– Constance Baker Motley Award, Empowering Women of Color, Columbia Law School
– Distinguished Visiting Jurist, Third Annual Judge James B. Parsons Legacy Award, Black Law Students Association, University of Chicago Law School
– Stars of the Bar Award, Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia
– David T. Lewis Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence, The University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law
– Edward H. Levi Distinguished Visiting Jurist, The University of Chicago Law School[31]


  • American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, Sentencing Task Force
  • American Law Institute, Council
  • Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court
  • Harvard Alumni Association
  • Harvard Black Alumni Society
  • Harvard Club of Washington, D.C. (2002-2016)
  • Judicial Conference Committee on Defender Services
  • Montrose Christian School Advisory School Board member (2010-2011)
  • Supreme Court Fellows Commission
  • Supreme Court Institute, Georgetown University, Moot Court Jurist (2003 -2009)
  • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Amicus Committee co-chair (2006)[31]
  • 1997-1998: Law clerk, Hon. Bruce Marshall Selya, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
  • 1996-1997: Law clerk, Hon. Patti Saris, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts[31]

Harvard University Names Dr. Claudine Gay as its First Black President

Harvard University announced Claudine Gay, Ph.D., as its 30th president and the first Black person poised to lead the nation’s oldest educational institution. Gay, 52, was elected to the presidency by the governing board of the Harvard Corporation and will take office on July 1, succeeding retiring president Lawrence S.

Dr. Claudine Gay, First Black Appointed to Lead Harvard University (Harvard University)

Pelé is carried off the field by his teammates after helping Brazil win the 1970 World Cup in a victory over Italy at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.


who rose from a Brazilian slum to become the world’s greatest soccer player, dies at 82

Pelé, the soccer player who rose from an impoverished Brazilian slum to become the most famous and, for a time, the best-paid athlete in the world during a spectacular career that produced more World Cup titles and more breathtaking moments than any other, has died at the age of 82, according to the Associated Press.
Never far from the game he so loved, Pelé died of complications from cancer at a hospital in São Paulo on Thursday.

Karen Bass

LOS ANGELES — Rep. Karen Bass is taking the helm of America’s second-largest city — whose deep-seated problems could thwart the most skilled of politicians. Sunday’s inauguration, which will include a swearing-in by Vice President Kamala Harris, represents a historic moment for Los Angeles: Bass will be the first woman to lead the city. Bass will have broad authority over the city’s budget, and every year will submit an initial spending proposal to the council, much like the governor does with the Legislature. Last year Los Angeles passed a nearly $12 billion budget, which included $1 billion for homelessness.
The city also needs to prepare for the 2028 Olympic Games. It has the sports venues and hotels to handle the crowd, but transportation improvements in the famously car-centric region are critically needed. Bass has said she plans to use money from the recently passed federal infrastructure law to rebuild streets and sidewalks and expand public transit.

Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock

Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah, born one of twelve brothers and sisters raised in coastal Georgia.
His father, a veteran, small businessman and preacher, grew up in Burke and Screven County, GA. Senator Reverend Warnock’s mother grew up in Waycross, GA, where she spent summers picking tobacco and cotton. A graduate of Savannah’s Sol C. Johnson High School, Senator Raphael Warnock’s mother and extended family still live in the Savannah area.
Senator Warnock is a proud graduate of Morehouse College; after graduating from Morehouse, he went on to earn a PhD and begin his career ordained in the ministry. For over 16 years, Senator Warnock has served as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is the youngest pastor selected to serve in that leadership role at the historic church.
Senator Warnock was elected to the United States Senate on January 5, 2021, in a special election runoff for the term ending January 3, 2023, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Johnny Isakson, a seat previously held by appointed Senator Kelly Loeffler. He took the oath of office on January 20, 2021.
Currently, Senator Warnock serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee; Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, as well as the Special Committee on Aging and the Join

Mayor Eric Adams

The mayor of New York City, officially Mayor of the City of New York, is head of the executive branch of the government of New York City and the chief executive of New York City. The mayor’s office administers all city services, public property, police and fire protection, most public agencies, and enforces all city and state laws within New York City.
The budget, overseen by New York City Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, is the largest municipal budget in the United States, totaling $100.7 billion in fiscal year 2021.[1] The City employs 325,000 people, spends about $21 billion to educate more than 1.1 million students (the largest public school system in the United States), and levies $27 billion in taxes. It receives $14 billion from the state and federal governments.
The mayor’s office is located in New York City Hall; it has jurisdiction over all five boroughs of New York City: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens. The mayor appoints numerous officials, including deputy mayors and the commissioners who head city agencies and departments. The mayor’s regulations are compiled in title 43 of the New York City Rules. According to current law, the mayor is limited to two consecutive four-year terms in office but may run again after a four-year break. The limit on consecutive terms was changed from two to three on October 23, 2008, when the New York City Council voted 29–22 in favor of passing the term limit extension into law.[2] However, in 2010, a referendum reverting the limit to two terms passed overwhelmingly.[3]
The current mayor is Eric Adams, who was elected on November 2, 2021, and took office shortly after midnight on January 1, 2022.

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot

Lori E. Lightfoot is the 56th Mayor of Chicago.
Since assuming office following her historic election, Mayor Lightfoot has undertaken an ambitious agenda of expanding opportunity and inclusive economic growth across Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities, with early accomplishments including landmark ethics and good governance reforms, worker protection legislation, and closing a record $838 million budget gap, as well as key investments in education, public safety and financial stability. Mayor Lightfoot also placed Chicago on the path to a $15 minimum wage by 2021.
In response to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, Mayor Lightfoot has led a coordinated, citywide response across government, business, and community organizations to effectively address its spread and broader public impact, including the creation of the Racial Equity Rapid Response Team, the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, among other actions.
Prior to her election, Mayor Lightfoot most recently served as a senior equity partner in the Litigation and Conflict Resolution Group at Mayer Brown. Previously, she served as President of the Chicago Police Board, as well as the Chair of the Police Accountability Task Force.
Mayor Lightfoot also served as Chief of Staff and General Counsel of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, interim First Deputy of the Chicago Department of Procurement Services, Chief Administrator of the Office of Professional Standards, and as Assistant United States Attorney.
A native of Massillon, Ohio, Mayor Lightfoot has been a resident of Chicago since 1986 and lives on the Near Northwest Side with her wife Amy Eshleman and their daughter.

Mayor Sylvester Turner

As a life-long resident of Houston, Mayor Turner is passionate about his city and continues to live in the Acres Homes community where he grew up. He is a graduate of the University of Houston and earned a law degree from Harvard University. He began his law practice at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. and later founded Barnes & Turner Law Firm.
Elected in December 2015 and overwhelmingly re-elected in December 2019, Sylvester Turner is serving his second four-year term. He is Houston’s 62nd mayor.
Since taking office, Mayor Turner has expertly managed significant challenges facing the nation’s fourth-largest city, including budget deficits, homelessness, and natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey. He is currently leading Houston’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Amid national unrest and calls for improving the community and police relations, the mayor signed an executive order restricting the use of force and created a Task Force on Policing Reforms.
Operating within the city’s fiscal constraints, Mayor Turner has passed five balanced budgets. He also oversaw Houston’s remarkable rebound from Hurricane Harvey, championed historic pension reform, cheered on the 2017 and 2019 World Series Houston Astros, and hosted a successful Super Bowl LI. He also launched Houston’s first Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, meet the Paris Agreement goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, and lead the global energy transition.
In February 2022, Mayor Turner released his One Safe Houston initiative to combat the increase in violence resulting from the pandemic, domestic violence, mental illness, and the proliferation of guns on the street.

Michael V. Drake

In August 2020, Michael V. Drake, M.D., became the 21st president of the University of California’s system of 10 campuses, six academic health centers, three nationally affiliated labs, more than 290,000 students and 230,000 faculty and staff. President Drake also holds faculty appointments at the UCSF School of Medicine as a professor of ophthalmology and at the UC Riverside School of Medicine as a professor of medicine.
President Drake served as the 15th president of The Ohio State University (OSU) from 2014 through June 2020. Prior to his six years at OSU, his entire academic career had been at the University of California, including nine years as chancellor of UC Irvine (2005–2014) and five years as UC systemwide vice president for health affairs (2000–2005).
President Drake received his A.B. from Stanford University and his M.D. and residency training from UCSF. He subsequently spent more than 25 years on the faculty of the UCSF School of Medicine, ultimately as the Steven P. Shearing Professor of Ophthalmology and senior associate dean.
During more than two decades of national leadership in higher education, Dr. Drake has served as president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and has chaired the boards of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). He currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Commonwealth Fund, a century-old organization that works to achieve a health care system with better access, improved quality and greater efficiency for the benefit of society’s most vulnerable populations.

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