HE’S THE MAYOR

HE’S THE MAYOR

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

Williams ran the race so gracefully Monday, June the 26th was not an ordinary day. As I drove up to City Hall, I saw people coming from all directions. Some using walkers, some in wheelchairs, others walking with pride, and a few had a cadence that looked almost, like a march. No, this was not the March on Washington, but I do believe it was the manifestation, and the fulfillment, of some things that Dr. King said, on August 28th, 1963. As I begin to survey the room, a line from that speech begin to play in my mind like a broken record, it was “I have a dream, that one day, my four children will be measured by the content of their character, and not the color of their skin”. Williams won the runoff election with 57% of the vote.. As people gathered in the city council chambers, you could just feel, an excitement — a renewal — enthusiasm — a sense of reflectiveness.As Mayor Archibald, presided of his last meeting, it became surreal. He thanked his wife, the citizens and made the proper acknowledgements.[[more]] One acknowledgement {{more}} that stood out to me was of the three former mayors: Mr. Fred L. Hughes, Dr. Gary McCaleb, and Mr. Grady Barr. . Those men had come to welcome the man whose picture would hang next to theirs in perpetuity. It was finally time for Mayor Archibald to walk away from the seat of power. He came onto the floor to be amongst the people and to address Mayor Elect Williams. He encouraged Williams to “put God first”. Archibald talked to Williams, as a father would talk to a son. He said “Anthony you have always been a leader, but now you are The leader”. After that, they embraced and the crowd responded by making a joyful noise and clapping their hands. City Manager, Robert Hanna brought greetings on behalf of all the City employees welcoming Williams as the new Mayor. Anthony recognized his wife and other family members, but he framed this historic day as he introduced his grandmother, Mrs. Beulah Fay Jackson, and talked about his great grandfather, Mr. John Cravens, who voted in every election despite the fact that he had to pay a poll tax or take some type of examination.Williams is the Mayor of the 26th largest city in Texas, the first African American to serve as Mayor in the 136 year history of the city. He is also the first Alumni from McMurry to be elected as Mayor.Williams said “I want to thank the citizens of Abilene, Texas,” “ We have some challenges ahead of us, we just do. But that’s not new for Abilene. We’ve had challenges before, and the reasons we’re going to address those challenges and be successful is because we come together in Abilene, Texas.”We wish mayor Anthony Williams a long and successful tenure as mayor of the city, and we pray God’s blessings on him, his family and the city of Abilene.