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Women’s History Month 2016 has been a whirlwind of activity for community leader Annette Robinson, center. She’s preparing for her tribute to Shirley Chisholm, the leader who inspired her; and now follows in the footsteps of the nation’s first Black woman presidential candidate (Chisholm), by inspiring Brooklyn’s crop of young politicos seeking guidance. Seen here at Sugar Hill Restaurant and Supper Club, Saturday, March 19, 2016, with New York State Assemblymember Annette M. Robinson, 56th AD (center) are, left to right: Henry Butler, District Manager of Community Board 3 and President, Vanguard Independent Democratic Association (VIDA) who also is a Delegate pledged to support Hillary Clinton; Tremaine Wright, chair, Community Board 3 and in the running for Robinson’s 56th AD seat; Geoffrey Davis, a district leader and founder/president of the James E. Davis Stop The Violence Foundation; City Councilman Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., 36th Council District; Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.); New York State Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, 55th AD; and New York State Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley, 57th AD. Photo credit: John McCarten (and courtesy Robert E. Cornegy Jr.)
Women’s History Month 2016 has been a
whirlwind of activity for community leader
Annette Robinson, center. She’s preparing for
her tribute to Shirley Chisholm, the leader who
inspired her; and now follows in the footsteps
of the nation’s first Black woman presidential
candidate (Chisholm), by inspiring Brooklyn’s
crop of young politicos seeking guidance. Seen
here at Sugar Hill Restaurant and Supper Club,
Saturday, March 19, 2016, with New York State
Assemblymember Annette M. Robinson, 56th AD
(center) are, left to right: Henry Butler, District
Manager of Community Board 3 and President,
Vanguard Independent Democratic Association
(VIDA) who also is a Delegate pledged to support
Hillary Clinton; Tremaine Wright, chair, Community
Board 3 and in the running for Robinson’s 56th
AD seat; Geoffrey Davis, a district leader and
founder/president of the James E. Davis Stop
The Violence Foundation; City Councilman
Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., 36th Council District;
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.); New York State
Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, 55th AD; and
New York State Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley,
57th AD. Photo credit: John McCarten (and
courtesy Robert E. Cornegy Jr.)

Next month, New York State Assemblywoman Annette Robinson formally announces her decision to step down. It’s been a long, hard run for the ardent community activist and stateswoman; we remember how she showed up at events others avoided or deemed politically unimportant.
But last week, the 56th AD leader, a stickler for protocol, presented the message first to members of the Vanguard Independent Democratic Association (VIDA), a pioneering club which stands on foundations of community activism developed by a founder, Al Vann.
Several hundred people, mostly titan VIDA activists, came out to this breakfast meeting that easily moved into brunch at Sugar Hill Restaurant on Nostrand Avenue; they represented all areas of the community trust.
And there was more news to share at the Woman’s History Month event hosted by VIDA president Henry Butler, now the Brooklyn delegate for Hillary Clinton. The organization declared support of Ms. Clinton’s candidacy and Assemblywoman Robinson announced she was handing her
state-assembly baton to Tremaine Wright, Bedford-Stuyvesant-born, Duke University and the University of Chicago Law School-educated lawyer, owner of the former Common Grounds café. Ms. Robinson also announced that the State Assembly folds had increased by 9 African-American women, bringing the number to 51 members.

The atmosphere was alive with the spirit of a family reunion, as one politician after the other … Mosley, Jeffries, Walker, Cornegy,
James … came through the door and delivered homilies to the people, and reports of their work. City Councilman Cornegy announced his gift of $100,000 to the Bed- Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps. And so on. VIDA is one of the most powerful political clubs in urban America; and
some of those who made it so, were at that breakfast.

The lively spirit at this first major 2016 Central Brooklyn political event is an indication of the new era to come. (Bernice Elizabeth Green, a co-publisher of Our Time Press, is a member of the VIDA political club)  See Robinson Retirement Creates Room for Democracy Growth

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