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Mayor Gillum on National Honor & Representing Tallahassee

Andrew Gillum
Posted at 9:00 AM, Nov 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-16 09:00:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is fresh off a stop in New York City, where he earned a national honor, and joined us on WTXL Sunrise for a look back.

Gillum was named to The Root Magazine's "Top 100 of 2015," which pays tribute to the 100 most important black influencers between 25 and 45 in politics, culture and society.

He was also selected to speak at the "Young Emerging Leaders in the African-American Community Dinner" in New York City.

Gillum says it was inspiring to be in a room full of people making a difference - on many different levels.

"It may not be leading marches, it may not be involved in protest, it may not be owning a business or being a basketball player or entertainer... but there are little things every day that we do that add to big things that make communities better," said Gillum. "So it was easy to talk about the work that we've done here in the City of Tallahassee. I felt like I was representing our community there." 

This week also marks the one-year anniversary of Mayor Gillum being sworn in to office.

Gillum says he's proud of what this community has come together to accomplish in that short amount of time, and is looking forward to what's next for Tallahassee and its residents.

Meanwhile, longtime City Manager Anita Favors Thompson is set to step down this week, after nearly two decades on the job.

The City of Tallahassee is hosting a farewell celebration in her honor on Thursday, November 19 at Cascades Park. A concert starts at 7 p.m. There's also food, games and surprises for Favors Thompson, to thank her for a job well done.

All are invited.