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…….While in Milan, he was offered a job with AGIP (Azienda Generale Italiana Petroli), an Italian Petroleum Company where he was resent to Liberia to head their accounting department. After experiencing a couple of reservations from the people of Liberia not used to seeing another Liberian working amongst Europeans, he soon won their respect and admiration with his dedication to servicing others. He continued his tenure for three years and moved on to work at the Central Statistics Office of Liberia as a Senior Statistician. After two years, he was offered a scholarship by the UN’s International Labor Organization in Geneva to specialize in Labor, Manpower & Statistics in Washington, DC where he stayed for 2 years.

When coming to the United States, Dr. Cole was given a letter to hand deliver to Miss Veronica Benito. Miss Veronica Benito and Dr. Cole had been acquaintances when they were back in Freetown. They rekindled their friendship and a year later, they were married. Unfortunately for the lovebirds the scholarship ended a month after they were married. Not wanting to overstay his visa or stay in America without work, Dr. Cole returned to Freetown to continue his employment at the Central Statistics Office, he also became a visiting professor at the Fourah Bay College where he lectured on the Consumer Price Index.

Dr. Cole worked in Freetown, Liberia until 1980 when he moved to New York to be with his wife who had established herself as a registered Nurse at Calibri Hospital. They later had two children. While building his family in America, Dr. Cole returned to The New School for Social Research and earned another Master’s Degree in Human Resources. After graduation, he went on to work as a Statistical Analyst at the Health Department. He transferred to the HASA Housing Department with the New York City Human Resources Administration where he was taking homeless residents from the shelter and putting them in permanent housing. He worked there as a Deputy Director from 1991 to his retirement in December 2015.

Being a man who has dedicated his life to community service, Dr. Cole has managed the books for his old Alma Mater known as the Old Edwardians Association for 16 years. He also helps his church, Immaculate Conception Church on 14th St. with their finances and has been with the United African Congress since its first gathering in 1998. As he passes on the baton to Ms. Ivonne Reid here at the United African Congress to serve as the interim accounting secretary, Dr. Cole is leaving behind big shoes that will take another giant heart and strongly dedicated community advocate to fill.

Please join the United African Congress and Give Them A Hand Foundation as they Fête & honor Dr. Michael Cole and his 40+ years of selfless service to the community. A retirement dinner will be thrown in his honor at Nirvana Restaurant located at 346 Lexington Ave between 39th & 40th streets. Event will be hosted by Hon. Sidique Wai (National Spokesman & President, UAC), Dr. Mohammed Nurhussein (National Chairman, UAC) & Mr. Gordon Tapper (Executive Director of Give Them A Hand Fdn). Festivities start at 6pm and ends when the last attendee has been fully served. Tickets are $75 per person and $500 per table of 10. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE. To donate to Dr. Cole’s Retirement Fund, CLICK HERE.

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