An Almost Complete List of Black Women Mayors
I see Black girl magic sprinkled all across the United States, as we are taking the lead in helping our communities!As a woman of color, it does my heart good to see women who look like me running for office and actually winning! As this year has been unofficially claimed as the 'Year of the Black Woman Mayor,' my curiosity was peaked to see just how many Black women hold the mayoral office across the states and ultimately, the very thing every woman always wants to know.... what do they look like.
Below is our 'Almost Complete List of Black Women Mayors'.
1. Mayor-Elect Keisha Bottoms of Atlanta, GA
2. Mayor Ollie S. Tyler City of Shreveport, LA
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3. Mayor-Elect Latoya Cantrell of New Orleans, LA
4.Mayor Sharon Weston Broome of Baton Rouge, LA
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5. Mayor Vi Lyles City of Charlotte, NC
Vi Lyles (@vilylesclt)will be the first African American woman elected as Charlotte's mayor. Girl, you are literally a piece of history. Congrats, Vi! #GirlsLikeMeInc #GLM #GoGirlGo #GoandDream http://www.girlslikemeinc.com #vilyles #firstAfricanAmerican #charlotte #nc #mayor A post shared by Girls Like Me, Inc. (@girlslikemeinc) on
6. Mayor Catherine Pugh of Baltimore, MD
It was an honor to commemorate the 14th library renovated as part of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.’s Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project. Thank you sharing my high expectations of Baltimore City students and school administrators. I am enthusiastic to see the footprint of this program continue to expand and positively impact lives. Young people are our greatest asset and investing in their growth is a smart investment in Baltimore’s future.
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7. Mayor Aja Brown of Compton, CA
8. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, IN
“It’s a balance,” says Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary's mayor since 2012. “You want people to understand that progress and success in an area where you have had so many challenges is measured in baby steps, and you have to walk through those baby steps and help them understand what is being accomplished. At the same time there is a need to manage expectations.” Pictured: In Gary last fall, the mayor (left) shared a laugh with Jocelyn Hare, MPP’13, the first postgraduate fellow of the Harris School's Gary Project. (Photography Robert Kozloff) #UChicago #UChicagoHarris #Indiana #Gary #GaryIndiana #GaryProject #KarenFreemanWilson #JocelynHare #CityLimits
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9. Mayor Muriel Bower of the District of Columbia
With the opening of The Wharf, we are breathing new life into the Southwest Waterfront and giving residents and visitors an exciting new place to enjoy local DC. . The Wharf will produce nearly 6,000 permanent jobs and provide $94 million in direct annual tax revenue to the District. . We secured agreements with The Wharf to hire at least 51 percent District residents, with 20 percent designated for Ward 8 residents and 30 percent of apprenticeships for residents in Wards 7 and 8. In addition, The Wharf has invested $1 million in workforce training for residents. . #InclusiveProsperity #TheWharf #WashingtonDC . 📸@najiallah A post shared by Mayor Muriel Bowser (@mayor_bowser) on
10. Mayor London Breed of San Fransico, CA
LONDON BREED BECOMES THE ACTING MAYOR OF THE CITY SAN FRANCISCO: After the death of Lee on December 12, 2017, Breed became the city’s acting mayor. A special election will be held on June 5, 2018 to choose a new mayor to serve out the remainder of Lee’s uncompleted term (until January 8, 2020); the Board of Supervisors may also vote to appoint an interim mayor to serve until the special election is held. If no action is taken by the Board, Breed will continue to serve as acting mayor until the special election. Click on 🔗 in bio to read more. ▪️🔹▪️ #swagggirlicious #londonbreed #mayor #sanfrancisco #edlee #womenempowerment #wednesdaywoman
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11. Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson of Toledo,OH
12. Mayor Lovely a Warren of Rochester, NY
Mayor Lovely Warren Proclaims May 1-7, 2017 #SmallBusinessWeek in Rochester! The City is hosting and participating in a number of Small Business Week events and is encouraging residents and visitors to share photos and social media posts with the #ShopTheROC hashtag while patronizing city stores, restaurants and service providers during the week. Small Business Week events are scheduled as follows: Tuesday, May 2: Conscious Business Summit with Conscious Capitalism Rochester – 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St.: Representatives from the City’s Department of Neighborhood and Business Development as well as coordinators of the Kiva Rochester and Market Driven Community Cooperatives programs will provide brief presentations at this summit led by Conscious Capitalism, a national organization which aims to advance the understanding of conscious capitalism business practices. Thursday, May 4: Kiva Rochester Informational Workshop – 6 to 7 p.m., City Hall Room 223B, 30 Church St.: Kiva Rochester is the City’s newest small business development initiative, which provides Rochester’s small business and entrepreneurs with 0% interest, crowdfunded loans. City staff will hold an informative talk and Q&A session for small business owners, entrepreneurs and community members. Friday, May 5: Small Business Week Happy Hour, Networking and Concert – 5 to 9 p.m., Brue Coffee, 960 Genesee St.: Celebrate Small Business Week with an evening of networking and live music. City staff, local business owners, entrepreneurs and community members will mix and mingle. Saturday, May 6: Kiva Rochester Public Market Lending Drive – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., City of Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St.: Meet Kiva Rochester staff at the City of Rochester Public Market and learn about the Kiva initiative. Visitors may participate by making microloans to local businesses. For each loan of $25 made to a local business, attendees will receive a voucher for $5 in Market Tokens, accepted at vendor stalls throughout the Public Market.
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13. Mayor Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma, WA
Marilyn Strickland has been mayor of Tacoma for the past five years. A Tacoma-born graduate of Mount Tahoma High School, she earned degrees from UW and Clark Atlanta University. "I guarantee you I will never love a job more than I love being the mayor of my hometown." -Mayor Strickland. Read our interview with the Mayor in the Feb/March #interviewissue A post shared by South Sound Magazine (@southsoundmagazine) on
14.Mayor Acquanetta Warren of Fontana, CA
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15.Mayor Toni Harp of New Haven, CT
#BlackHistoryMonth Day 6. Toni Harp... Toni Nathaniel Harp currently serves as the 50th Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut - making her the first female Mayor of the city. Prior to becoming mayor, Mrs. Harp served as a New Haven Alderman & was a State Senator in Connecticut from 1993 to 2013. Harp, a resident of New Haven, represented the western half of the city as well as part of West Haven while in the Connecticut Senate. She was born in San Francisco and graduated from Roosevelt University and received a Master of Environmental Design from Yale University. Mrs. Harp helped organize AFSCME Local 3144, a management union, and she became the Human Resources Department's first union steward. As Senator, Harp co-chaired the state's Achievement Gap Task Force, created to address the undeniable disparity in educational access and performance, which exists In 2007 Harp introduced a bill to have the state pay for free diapers for low income mothers. Throughout her distinguished tenure, Toni's signature issues have never waivered: Full access to affordable healthcare, regardless of ethnic, cultural, or economic differences. A responsive and effective public safety network working hand-in-hand with an equitable criminal justice system. Maximizing opportunity for each individual student through public education, with particular emphasis on early childhood learning and development of reading skills. Job creation and economic development so city residents can enjoy the rewards and responsibilities of productive engagement, and so a vibrant city can provide necessary services without putting an excessive burden on taxpayers. #Mayor #ToniHarp #NewHaven #NewHavenHistory #ConnecticutHistory #History #Connecticut A post shared by 💞Ivonnah💞 (@ivonnah) on
16.Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver of Flint, MI
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17.Mayor Dana Redd of Camden, NJ
Not pictured but still honorable: Mayor Merl Craft of Pittsburg, CA; Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie of Sarasota, Fl; Mayor Coral Evans of Flagstaff, AZ; Mayor Dorothy Hubbard of Albany, GA; Mayor E. Denise Simmons of Cambridge, MA; Mayor Tasha Cerda of Gardena, CA; Mayor Deirdre Waterman Pontiac, MI; Mayor Cheryl Stephens Cleveland Heights, OH; Mayor Deanna Reed of Harrisonburg, VA; Mayor Curtistene Smith McCowan of Desoto, TX; Mayor Shirley Washington of Pine Bluff, AR; Mayor Kim Bracey of York, PA;
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