5 African-American Men Became the First Black Mayor on Election Day
Moments like these make you proud to be Black. #ElectionDay
Yesterday, Black politicians had a historical moment because several cities across the country elected the first African-American mayor. Reading headlines from many media sources shows signs that our country is moving in progressive route.
“Transgender people have been here forever, and black transgender people have been here forever. I’m really proud to have achieved that status,” said Jenkins in The Washington Post interview.
Hundreds of Black people since 1860, when former slave and politician Pierre Caliste Landry was the first Black mayor of a town in the United States, were elected the first African-American to take leading seat at their local City Hall.
There were nine Black politicians who voted in the mayor’s office, five were Black men and Black women. However, we decided to highlight five African-American who won on Election Day:
Melvin Carter; first Black mayor of St. Paul, MN
Wilmot Collins; the first Black mayor of Helena, MT
Brendon Barber; the first Black mayor of Georgetown, SC
Jonathan McCollar; the first black mayor of Statesboro, GA