Bloomington, Illinois Mayor Mboka Mwilambwe will join the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at 11:30 a.m. Friday, October 1, for a virtual conversation via Zoom.
Mwilambwe and Institute Director John Shaw will discuss how Bloomington is weathering the COVID-19 pandemic, Mwilambwe’s history-making career in local politics, and his journey from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Illinois.
Mwilambwe served on the Bloomington City Council for 10 years and became the city’s first Black mayor after he was elected in April 2021. Mwilambwe is from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and during his childhood also lived in the Ivory Coast, Senegal, and Republic of Congo. He came to the United States after he graduated from high school, moving to Bloomington in 1990 to attend Illinois State University, where he now works as an assistant director of Equal Access and Opportunity. He is fluent in French, Swahili, and Lingala.
This program is part of the Institute’s Meet the Mayor series of virtual conversations with mayors from Illinois communities.
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