African American Heritage Advisory Board

Regular Meetings

  • 5:30 p.m.
  • 2nd Thursday of every month
  • City Hall
    44 E Downer Place
    Room 5A
    Aurora, IL 60505



AAHAB Hosts Its 14th Annual Heritage Dinner


AURORA, IL -  The City of Aurora's African-American Heritage Advisory Board (AAHAB) will host its 14th Annual Heritage Dinner on Friday, February 23 at Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road, in Aurora. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m.

The crowning event of Black History Month, this annual celebration will present scholarships to achieving high school seniors, recognize community members for their contributions to Aurora and fete AAHAB's 2018 African-American Leader of the Year, Dr. Darrell Echols, principal of Metea Valley High School.

A longtime educator in Indian Prairie School District 204, Dr. Echols is a former teacher at Hill Middle School, dean at Waubonsie Valley High School and principal of Hill Middle School. In 2014, Dr. Echols took on the helm of leadership as principal of Metea Valley High School. During his tenure, Metea Valley has received several awards, including US News and World Report Best High Schools in America, Chicago Magazine's Best High Schools in DuPage County and a Grammy Award for its music program.

“Dr. Echols has helped to create an environment of excellence at Metea Valley High School,” said Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “Through his students, staff and community initiatives, that culture has permeated  throughout Aurora, and we are a better community because of his leadership.”

Mayor Irvin will also present the 2018 Mayor’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Avis Patterson Miller for her decades of work as a community organizer and educator in East Aurora Schools. AAHAB’s 2018 Nia Awards will be presented to Angie Richardson, Director of the Information Resource Center at IMSA, and Charmaine Peterson, Founder of the Dream Dance Academy.

During the ceremony, Aurora high school students will receive the Henry Cowherd Scholarship named in honor of longtime community leader and 2008 African-American Leader of the Year, the late Mr. Henry Cowherd.

“Seeing these kids really gives me hope for the future,” said Cowherd during last year’s heritage dinner. He passed away last summer. A special commemoration will be presented during the ceremony in his honor.

Agendas & Minutes

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  • Members

  • Keith Gerald
  • Willie Mayes
  • Adrienne Coleman
  • Kimberly Harris
  • Deborah Goss-Johnson
  • Marc Dale Jr.

  • Avis Miller
  • Cynthia Miller
  • Toshia Moss
  • Telenae Williams Reid
  • Ricky Rodgers
  • Jacquelyn Spires
  • Kyle Welton

About the Board

The African American Heritage Advisory Board is a non-partisan advisory board that is community based and funded by the City of Aurora, serves to educate and act as a bridge between the African American community and all other communities within the City of Aurora. They also hold an annual dinner honoring an African-American citizen of Aurora for their achievements.