The People: Edna Mosley

Edna Mosley was the first African-American to serve on the Aurora city council.

Publish Date: February 18, 2015

Edna and John Mosley seen here with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in 2004, when they were Grand Marshalls for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Denver. (Photo Credit: Associated Press/Jack Dempsey)

Edna Mosley (B.A. speech ’69) was the first African-American to serve on the Aurora City Council in Colorado from 1991 to 2003. Prior to that, she was director of community development for the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver and in 1988 she accompanied then-Governor Roy Romer on a trade mission to help expand cultural exchange with China. She was considered a friend and mentor to several Denver mayors including current Mayor Michael Hancock. 

Among the many honors Mosley received over her life was the MSU Denver Distinguished Alumna award. In addition to her degree from MSU Denver, Mosley held a doctorate from Colorado State University and was a proud, lifelong member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She died in August 2014.