Montgomery, Ala. elects first Black mayor in 200-year history

Cheryl Sanders
October 11, 2019

Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed won the mayoral run-off election, unofficial results show, and will become the first black mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, since the city was founded in 1819. Woods, who owns WCOV-TV, is the son of the gradual broadcasting govt Charles Woods, a perennial Alabama candidate for more than 30 years.

Reed said his campaign was built on a coalition focused on the city's future and 'all of the things that tie us together rather than those things that keep us apart'.

Reed's message was one of unity.

"Tonight isn't the end, tonight is the beginning".

Last year, the Equal Justice Initiative opened the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in downtown Montgomery to honor victims of lynching in the racially segregated era after the U.S. Civil War.

Montgomery, Alabama (CNN) In the two centuries since its founding, Alabama's capital of Montgomery and the birthplace of the civil rights movement has never had a black mayor.

"We ran a very good race".

1st viscount montgomery of alamein, a city of roughly 200,000 other folks, is ready 60% dusky and has been losing population for years.

Williams said she voted in every election and it is important to have someone who looks like Reed represent the community. He was the first Black man to hold that position.

Nettles also affirmed that Reed's election represented a generation shift, saying that though the city of Montgomery will continued to be weighed down by its challenging racial past, a younger official such as Reed would bear less of that baggage. It was the first capital of the Confederate States of America in 1861. 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.

Reed, 45, who received his BA degree from Morehouse College and an MBA from Vanderbilt University, previously served as a probate judge in Montgomery County.

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