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Yvette Jarvis Interview

Date(s) - Nov 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Photo of former Athens City Councilwoman Yvette Jarvis

Yvette Jarvis

HACCM in conversation with Yvette Jarvis

November 21, 11:00 am PT


The Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum of Oregon and SW Washington presents an online interview with former Athens city councilwoman Yvette Jarvis. Ms. Jarvis will be in conversation with Stacey Gianopoulos about her experience of immigrating to Greece in the 1980’s from the United States.

This interview, presented via Zoom free-of-charge, is part of HACCM’s fall programming focusing on immigration, migration, and life in the adopted country.

About Yvette Jarvis

Yvette Jarvis: born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and matured like fine wine in Athens, Greece!

Fomer Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz summed it up, “only in Brooklyn” will you find a story like hers! From the streets of RedHook to City Hall in Athens Greece, Yvette is a woman of many firsts.

Yvette is the First Brooklynite elected to political office in a foreign country.
The first African American elected to the Athens City Council.
The first salaried female athlete to play in the Greek League.
The first Black American to host a television show in Greece.
The first Black American to speak Greek in a national television ad campaign.

A basketball player, model, singer, TV host and City Councilwoman, Yvette strove to always combine civic action, volunteerism and social justice with her acquired fame by advocating for women’s rights, rights of disabled people and immigrants rights.

Always aware of the importance of the weight of being the best example of a good American, in addition to in many cases a first introduction to Greece’s nascent society to Black America, she immersed herself into Greek life and culture with reverence and respect.

Yvette repatriated to the United States in 2012 with her husband John Muller and their son John Jacob Muller.