BDN reporter Eesha Pendharkar talks to three Maine immigrants who have been called to serve their communities.

Guest speakers:

Angela Okafor, Bangor City Council
She is the first immigrant and first person of color to serve on the Bangor City Council.

Pious Ali, Portland City Council
He is the first African-born Muslim American to be elected to a public office in Maine, becoming a member of the city’s elected Board of Public Education in 2013.

Safiya Khalid, Lewiston City Council
She is the first Somali American to serve on the Lewiston City Council.

Melanie Brooks

Melanie Brooks

I am a professional writer/blogger who is finally finding my way in the kitchen. I am not a health-food addict, but I appreciate a home cooked meal made from local ingredients. As an avid member of the...