Receives Key Endorsement From
Councilman Charles Barron
Stanley Kinard, an educator who has served as Founder and long-time Executive Director of the Carter C. Woodson Cultural Literacy Project, today announced his candidacy for City Council, 41st District, and received a significant endorsement from Councilman Charles Barron, (D-42) on the steps of City Hall. Kinard is the first candidate to formally announce his run in the Democratic primary for what is expected to be a hotly contested race for the open seat.
Said Kinard: “I am running to represent all the communities in the 41st, to bring active, dedicated leadership and to find creative solutions to long-term problems, particularly in education and economic development. I believe my experience makes me uniquely qualified to fight for improving the quality of life for residents of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, East Flatbush, and Ocean Hill.”
Joining Kinard was Councilman Charles Barron who gave his endorsement: “I support the candidacy of Stan Kinard because he is a man of integrity, honor, and accomplishment. I truly feel that his leadership is so sorely needed in the 41st Council district,” declared Barron.
Barron continued: “It is only through Stanley’s leadership that the residents of the 41st District will receive their rightful share of goods and services.”
Thanking Barron, Kinard said, “I am extremely gratified to receive Councilman Barron’s support. I look forward to working with him in the Council to achieve our common goals.”
Kinard has served as Executive Director and Founder of the Carter C. Woodson Cultural Literacy Project since 1986, helping to improve academic skills through the appreciation of Black cultural heritage. He is also a founder of Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence and the Education Columnist for “Our Times Press.” Earlier in his career, Kinard organized the coalition that installed Frank Mickens as principal at Boys and Girls High School, and, helped preserve Bedford Stuyvesant’s gifted and talented school, P.S./I.S. 308. Kinard was also Founding Director of the Brownsville Heritage House, sponsoring cultural enrichment programs for the entire community.
Kinard was recently honored by Borough President Markowitz for leading the 10-year battle to successfully reclaim an abandoned lot at Sutter Avenue and build Children’s Park, NYC’s largest playground built through a public-private partnership.
Born in Brownsville, Kinard graduated from Tilden High School, received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and was awarded a prestigious Revson Fellowship in Public Policy from Columbia University.