To Council Member-elect Abdi Warsame:
We speak from among members of the African American community to heartily hail and salute your successful election to the City Council of Minneapolis.
You are not only the first continental African to win a seat on the Council, you are the first Somali. Only one other Somali has won a city council seat across the United States –Ahmed Hassan, of Clarkston, GA.
We welcome you to this long persistent journey in the struggle to make democracy more inclusive and real for persons of color. Your achievement reminds us that democracy is a process, and not a static condition. We wish you well.
Hip Hip Hurrah!
Al McFarlane, Verlena Matey-Keke, Mahmoud El-Kati, and African American community members.