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Battle Creek's first black mayor: 'All I ever wanted to be was fair'

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dc.contributor.author Nelson, Don
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-15T13:31:08Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-15T13:31:08Z
dc.date.issued 1979-04
dc.identifier.other 2000003970
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.willardlibrary.org/xmlui/handle/123456789/418
dc.description A member of the Battle Creek City Commission from 1970 to 1981, Donald Sherrod was elected mayor in 1979 and had served as vice mayor for six years. He was credited with bringing overseas business tenants to Fort Custer Industrial Park. Known as a quiet but influential advocate for racial equality, Sherrod observed near the end of her term on the commission, "All I ever wanted to be was fair." It was not always a respected role. In the Battle Creek Enquirer 2005 monograph "Against The Grain," columnist Jim Richmond recalled that in 1980, a burning cross was extinguished in the front yard of Sherrod's Irving Park home. At the time, Sherrod had just upheld the 30-day suspension of a Battle Creek police officer accused of harassing a black man. For many years, Sherrod was employed by Battle Creek Public Schools and later served as loan officer and assistant manager for National City Bank. He died in 2000. en_US
dc.description.abstract Portrait of Donald Sherrod, Battle Creek first African-American mayor en_US
dc.publisher Battle Creek Enquirer en_US
dc.subject Battle Creek mayor en_US
dc.subject Battle Creek City Commission en_US
dc.subject Black history en_US
dc.title Battle Creek's first black mayor: 'All I ever wanted to be was fair' en_US
dc.type Image en_US

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