Black History Month: Brooklyn Park’s Wynfred Russell
Wynfred Russell is the first person of African descent to serve on the Brooklyn Park City Council. He came to the U.S. as a refugee from Liberia. He says serving on the council is a humbling experience.
Russell says his position on the city council is powerful because he has been able to inspire people who have not always had a voice at the table.
“It’s exciting. You know, to have this city council at least start to look like, the city,” said Russell. “I think I took it for granted at first. To see just how many people are so motivated and so excited about, just seeing somebody who looks like them on the city council.”
Russell says he is ready to roll up his sleeves and work with everyone in the city.
One of his top priorities is figuring out how to engage the younger generation, especially young blacks and other minorities.
Russell went on to say he looks forward to implementing polices to help improve the lives of everyone in his district.
The profile of Wynfred Russell is one of several stories filed during Black History Month.