Gibson Pulls Memorial Resolution
The group had sought approval in time for an event marking one year since the former mayor died of renal cancer at the age of 53.
Resident Inez Durham questioned why the item was not on the agenda and Gibson said he had asked for it to be removed. Later, Jahaad Martin rose from his seat beside Annie McWilliams to say he felt the word “elected” was being forgotten.
“Too many people are feeling entitled,” he said.
Gibson bristled and said, “I am entitled as council president to make the decision that I made.”
Later, Gibson told Plaintalker he was in the hospital Monday and missed the presentation by Annie McWilliams on the memorial plan formulated by a special committee. He said upon his release Wednesday, he reviewed the agenda and had the item removed for reasons he had explained just before the meeting to Annie McWilliams.
The late mayor’s wife, Darlene, daughter Annie and others gathered outside the Municipal Court to express their dismay. Annie McWilliams said she had been assured that morning that the item was on the agenda.
The group was expecting the approval in time for an April 6 service at Shiloh Baptist Church, where the former mayor’s funeral had been held.
But Gibson said after the meeting he was concerned about “how far we go into it as a governmental agency” and said, “There is not the kind of precedent anywhere for what they’re looking for.”