Joined by family, friends and officials from across Guilford County, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) officially opened the Carolyn Q. Coleman Boardroom in honor of the former commissioner during a special ceremony on Thursday, August 18, 2022.
Formerly known as the Blue Room, the space was opened to the public in 1920 and has served as a hub for county functions for the past 102 years.
“Today is a very important day for a very important person to many of us. I am happy to be part of the continued celebration of our friend Commissioner Carolyn Q. Coleman and all that she has done. for our community,” BOCC President Melvin “Skip” Alston said at the special ceremony. “The choice of this space means a lot. It serves as a vital community space and the heart of this building. In 2012 the Board of County Commissioners committed to naming all public spaces in the county, yet the Blue Room was not dedicated because we had yet to find the right person embodying the spirit of service It is an honor to name him as one of the most outstanding officials to ever serve Guilford County.
On February 3, 2022, the BOCC honored the countless and extraordinary achievements of Commissioner Carolyn Q. Coleman with the passing of a resolution and acted to permanently honor her service and legacy to Guilford County by proclaiming the hall blue, located on the first floor of the Old County Courthouse at 301 West Market Street in Greensboro the Carolyn Q. Coleman Boardroom with a proclamation passed April 7, 2022.
Commissioner Coleman served as Guilford County Commissioner from December 2, 2002 until her death at the age of 79 on January 26, 2022. Commissioner Coleman’s reputation as a dynamic community leader led to a trailblazing career in politics and public service, beginning with her work as Special Assistant for Minority Affairs to Governor Jim Hunt (1993-2001) and followed by her election to the Board of Guilford County Commissioners representing Eastern Communities of Greensboro and Pleasant Garden in District 7 (2002-2022), during which she served as Vice President (2004) and was elected the council’s first African-American President in 2005. She received the Fredrick Douglas Award from the North Carolina Association of Black County Officials for his work during the pandemic, including personally facilitating the county’s Feeding the Communities program, providing 8,000 boxes of food to families in need between December 2020 and July 2021.
Commissioner Coleman’s granddaughter, Genesis Horton, shared memories of her grandmother’s life of service, organizing and supporting countless community efforts, and her dedication to fighting inequality from the time she first joined two other students in a sit-in protest in his hometown of Savannah, Georgia at his work during the pandemic to feed the community. Many friends and community leaders shared stories of Coleman’s mentorship, her generosity with her time and her ability to galvanize action, with many noting that when she set her sights on something, it was best not to. not get in his way.
The proclamation dedicating the Carolyn Q. Coleman Boardroom and a photo of the late commissioner are now affixed to the first floor room, which now serves as a community gathering place, information sharing and early voting location.