Mayor-Elect Lightfoot is part of a wave of Black women leading American Cities
(WASHINGTON, DC) — Today, the African American Mayors Association congratulates Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot on her election as Mayor of the City of Chicago.
AAMA President, Mayor Oliver Gilbert, of Miami Gardens Florida, issued the following statement:
“We would like to congratulate Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot on her historic victory as the first black woman to lead the City of Chicago. She brings a fresh perspective and approach to city leadership and we look forward to working with our new mayor colleague to continue to bring the issues impacting our communities to the forefront of the national conversation.”
AAMA Board Treasurer and Chair of the Black Women Mayors’ Committee, Mayor Vivian Covington, of University Park, IL, issued the following statement:
“As a mayor in the greater Chicago area, I am extraordinarily excited about election of Lori Lightfoot as the next Chicago mayor. The effectiveness of Black mayors is a fact of history and current events. Mayors like Chicago’s pioneering Harold Washington and Eugene Sawyer have been making transformational contributions to the sustainability of some of our nation’s largest cities for decades.”
“Today, more than a dozen Black women mayors are keeping that legacy alive in cities with more than 100,000 residents through their own exemplary leadership in coalition building and bridging divides to improve conditions for all of their diverse constituencies. Six of the largest fifty cities in America are already benefiting from the unique effectiveness Black women mayors bring to cities, and we are excited that Mayor-elect Lightfoot will contribute to this wave of Black women in executive leadership in America. For too long, Black women have experienced barriers to securing such leadership roles. Change is happening in City Halls across the nation, and my fellow mayors and I are excited for the future of our cities with black women at the helm.”