On Monday, March 20, 2023 at the Downtown Library, these images were taken at the 60th Anniversary of Metro Government Celebration–the Women in Metro presented by the office of Mayor John Cooper. It was hosted by Deputy Mayor Brenda Haywood and moderated by Demetria Kalodimos, a local journalist.
The trailblazing panel of leaders included Shannon Hall, Metro’s Human Resources Director; Brenda Wynn, the first African American woman to be elected as County Clerk in Nashville; Sandra Sepulveda, Nashville’s only Latina council member; Joanne North, the first woman council member in Nashville; Zulfat Suara, the first Muslim to be elected to the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and the first immigrant elected to an at-large position. She is also the first Muslim woman elected in the State of Tennessee and the first Nigerian woman elected to any office in the United States. The event explored the stories of the pathways blazed by these women. Also, the Christ Church provided musical selections.