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Muhammad is Aurora’s 2013 Outstanding African-American


Clayton Muhammad

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Updated: March 17, 2013 6:19PM

AURORA — Clayton Muhammad, recently appointed as the city’s director of communications, has been named Aurora’s Outstanding African-American for 2013.

Muhammad will be recognized at the 9th annual African-American Heritage Advisory Board celebration at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road.

Muhammad, who is leaving his position as spokesman for the East Aurora School District, also is the founder of the youth leadership group Boys II Men.

The African-American Heritage Advisory Board each year presents an award to an African-American leader who has had a lasting impact on the city and who has made significant achievements in his field and the community.

Toussaint Smith, chairman of the heritage board, said Muhammad has a gift for connecting with children.

“When you are able to connect or touch the heart of a child, you have touched the heart of a family,” Smith said. “Clayton is a clear example that we all should follow.”

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner said Muhammad is a passionate and dedicated leader who cares deeply about the city.

“His work in this community has improved the lives of countless young people,” Weisner said.

Muhammad will join previous outstanding African-American award recipients, including Judge Keith Brown, Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns, Fred Rodgers, Cynthia Latimer, Donnell Collins, Archie Needham, Lillian Perry and Henry Cowherd.

The breakfast will also honor four community leaders with Nia awards — meaning “purpose” in Swahili — and will feature a performance by a local jazz band and scholarship awards to local African-American high school seniors.

Tickets are $20 a person, with a portion going to the Henry Cowherd Scholarship Fund. Tickets can be purchased by calling Ken Maurice at 630-256-3402. Checks can be made payable to the City of Aurora - AAHAB and mailed to the city’s Community Service Office, 5 E. Downer Place, Suite A, Aurora, IL 60505.

East Aurora honors

In another tribute for Muhammad, East Aurora High School NJROTC leaders inducted Muhammad into the East Aurora NJROTC Hall of Fame Wednesday.

The group held a special formation Wednesday evening at the Ponquinette Fieldhouse at East High to honor Muhammad.

Muhammad is ending a 10-year career as East Aurora spokesman Friday as he transitions to his new role at the city.

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