People gathered at the Boys and Girls High School in Bed-Stuy on Friday to celebrate the life of former Alderman and Member of Parliament, Dr Al Van, who died in July.
Van grew up in Brooklyn and was a teacher before entering politics.
He also served on both the city and state legislatures and was a co-founder of the African American Teachers Association.
His supporters say he’s made it his life’s mission to give back to his community.
Esmeralda Simmons, who founded the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, said, “The real thing about Al Van is that he was an inspiration.” rice field.”
“He was an inspiration, so he has to be celebrated … Internationally, he started our own empowerment movement here in Brooklyn,” she said.
Attendees on Friday wore white to symbolize the celebration of Van’s life.Performers took to the school stage and sang religious hymns.
His family says he was an avid traveler and loved basketball, African art and jazz. Another celebration will be held on Saturday in Van’s honor.