Montgomery, Alabama, elects its first-ever black mayor

11 Octobre, 2019, 16:44 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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The capital of Alabama, the city where the U.S. civil rights movement was born, has elected the first black mayor in its 200-year history. This election has never been about just my ideas. Only in 2013 did the city's police chief apologize for the failure of their officers to protect the civil rights activists known as the Freedom Riders who were attacked by a white mob in 1961.

Since its founding in 1819, Alabama's capital city has not had an African-American mayor, until now.

According to USA Today, in 2012, Reed was named the first African-American and youngest person to be elected as the county's probate judge.

"This election has never been about me", Reed said in his post-election speech.

Reed will change newest 1st viscount montgomery of alamein Mayor Todd Peculiar, who has served since 2009 and did not perceive reelection.

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Montgomery, Alabama's capital city, was also the first capital of the Confederacy before the seat of white supremacy was moved to Richmond, Alabama.

Montgomery Alabama: Mayor elect Steven Reed speaks to his supporters at a rally following his election as the first black mayor in Montgomery, Alabama.

Two years later in 2015, he became the first probate judge in Alabama to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

"We're a city that wants to move forward and a city that wants a vision for the future, and a city that wants to see better opportunities across the board", Reed told The Associated Press as he waited for returns. Alabama's second-largest city was also the site of Rosa Parks' famed bus boycott in 1955, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, and the Selma-to-Montgomery protest march that led to the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Disorders within the scuttle integrated tackling crime, which Woods mentioned is his top priority for the length of a debate.

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