What’s your impression of refugees? That they’re terrorists, or they won’t integrate into society, or they’re a drain on a country’s resources? This incredible story is about a refugee from Liberia who ended up being a Mayor in one of the most unlikely places in America:
Wilmot Collins is from Liberia in West Africa. When civil war broke out 20 years ago, he and his wife fled to survive. They ended up in Helena, Montana. Like most refugees, Wilmot just wanted to contribute back to his community. He recently ran for Mayor of Helena, and won over a 16-year incumbent. In a city that’s less than 1% African American, Wilmot Collins became the first black Mayor in all of Montana.
But what’s truly amazing about this story is his heart. He loves his city and has a real desire to serve it. He is down to earth and friendly, and meets with as many residents as possible. Does this story break any stereotypes of refugees? Does it inspire you get more actively involved in serving your own local community?