Tag: black female mayors

Unita Blackwell, Civil Rights Activist and the 1st Black Woman to Be Elected a Mayor in Mississippi, Dies at 86

Unita Blackwell in 2001Photo: Associated Press Unita Blackwell, a veteran of the civil rights movement and winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant who was the first black woman to be elected a mayor in the state of Mississippi, has died. She was 86. Blackwell’s son confirmed that she died Monday, according to the Associated Press. Blackwell […]

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She’s the Mayor: Lori Lightfoot Becomes the 1st Black Woman and 1st Openly Gay Person Elected to Lead the City of Chicago

Chicago Mayor-elect Lori LightfootPhoto: Getty In a historic election that saw two black women competing to become mayor of the nation’s third-largest city, voters in Chicago Tuesday night chose Lori Lightfoot to become the first black woman and the first openly gay person to lead the city as its mayor.  Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor […]

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