City Councilor Ayanna Pressley among Bostonians named to Ebony’s Power 100 list

The honors keep coming for Boston city councilor Ayanna Pressley.
The honors keep coming for Boston city councilor Ayanna Pressley. –Aram Boghosian / The Boston Globe

Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley’s rising political star got a bit brighter last week when she was named to Ebony Magazine’s Power 100.

Pressley was one of a handful of black leaders with local ties on the Ebony list, which was created to recognize and honor “the very best in Black America,’’ the magazine writes.

“The first woman of color to serve on the Boston City Council, Chicago-born Ayanna Pressley has made a career of putting others before herself,’’ Ebony writes in a short bio. “Pressley has not stopped fighting to stabilize poor families and communities, reduce and prevent violence and trauma and address issues disproportionately impacting women and girls.’’


Being named to the list was an “extraordinary honor,’’ Pressley said in a statement.

“This is a humbling and extraordinary honor to be named alongside so many national Black leaders and influencers whose work I respect, admire and derive inspiration from,’’ she said. “When I was growing up, Ebony Magazine was a must read in our household. In those pages I found our news, our stories, and my pride.’’

Pressley was named to the “Politics As (Un)usual’’ category alongside Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby, a Dorchester native who has a deep family history of Boston police officers.

The honorees with local ties also include John B. King, the co-founder of Roxbury Prep and soon-to-be acting secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, and Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain and a spiritual leader in Ferguson, Missouri.

A spokesman for Pressley said the councilor will not attend Ebony’s gala, which is scheduled for Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

It’s been a big year for Pressley, who was re-elected in November, garnering the most votes of any citywide city councilor. In addition, she was given the EMILY’s List Rising Star award in March for her “deep commitment to promoting healthy, safe communities where all women and families have a fair shot.’’


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