Recently-elected Missouri City Mayor Yolanda Ford celebrated her historic win as the city’s first African American and first female mayor with a community celebration at Thurgood Marshall High School on Sunday.
A packed house of supporters joined in the celebration along with a host of political and community leaders, pastors and area residents. Speakers included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds, Missouri City Mayor Pro Tem Chris Preston, Texas Congressman Al Green, Windsor Village Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell, Fountain of Praise Pastor Remus Wright, Christian Bible Pastor Rudolph White and Fort Bend ISD Board Member Jim Rice.
A number of speakers described the night of celebration as an inauguration like no other they had attended, one noting that a school named in honor of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, was a fitting location to host Ford’s inauguration
The night was filled with a mix of song, dance and congratulatory speeches celebrating the significance of Ford’s history-making election and calling for the community’s support, involvement and prayers as Ford unfolds her vision for Missouri City.
Gospel Great V. Michael McKay, accompanied by his singing group, took the stage and delivered a rousing musical performance that took audience members to “church” and nearly brought the house down. Two diverse dance groups performed followed by a powerful piece from celebrated spoken word artist Se7en. Gospel singer, Brian Courtney Wilson, punctuated the night of celebration with a spirited performance of his song “A Great Work” inviting audience members to join in.
Sheila Jackson Lee, who was out of the country, sent a representative to present a proclamation in honor of Ford’s historic achievement.
The inaugural celebration included prayers from different religious groups in a show of unity and support of Ford’s new journey and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Ford joined Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on stage to commemorate her new post with a special swearing-in signifying the historic transition of power.
The Missouri City native expressed appreciation to the volunteers and voters who supported her election and assured others who did not vote for her that she would represent the interests of Missouri City as a whole.
Ford aims to infuse a new vision and new direction in Missouri City and as the City’s 11th mayor seeks to increase city revenue, create smart development and redevelopment strategies that represent all parts of the city and build a more unified city.
The three-hour inaugural celebration ended with a reception that allowed attendees to meet and greet the City’s new mayor and her family members.