Barbara Moses, Michele Coleman Mayes, Justice Pam Jackman Brown and Nadine Fontaine
(Courtesy of NYCLA)

Michele Coleman Mayes (second from left), the general counsel of New York Public Library, was presented with the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Award on Feb. 24 at a Black History Month event sponsored by the New York County Lawyers’ Association and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.

Named for one of the first African American women to run for public office in the United States, the award is presented annually to a woman of color whose life reflects Wells-Barnett’s spirit and courageousness by distinguishing herself in the fight for racial and gender equality.

Presenting the award are, from left, NYCLA President Barbara Moses; Supreme Court Justice Pam Jackman Brown, who is chairwoman of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award Committee; and Metropolitan Black Bar Association President Nadine Fontaine.