Benton Harbor, Michigan Mayor Marcus Muhammad, with his wife Abisayo Muhammad, is sworn in on Dec. 20 to a third term in office.

On December 18, Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad was sworn in for a third term in office. Mayor Muhammad was first elected in 2015 and officially took office in 2016. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2022 Benton Harbor, Michigan had a population of a little under 9,000 with Blacks making up 84 percent of the population.

Benton Harbor is located in Berrien County. It is 46 miles southwest of Kalamazoo and 71 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

Well-known throughout the community as a legendary high school athlete and native son, Marcus Muhammad was elected as a Commissioner-at-large in 2009 and reelected in 2013. He also served as Mayor Pro Tem from 2010 to 2012.

In a recent interview with The Final Call, Mayor Muhammad explained that his November 7 election to a third term as mayor of the City of Benton Harbor, Michigan, is an example of the success of servant leadership and how coalition building creates trust and good governance among local constituents regardless of creed, class, or color. (See The Final Call, Vol. 43 No. 10)