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Politics Montgomery, site of historic bus boycott, elects first black mayor in its 200-year history

15:05  09 october  2019
15:05  09 october  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Montgomery , Alabama, site of the historic Montgomery bus boycott , is set to get its first black mayor in the city's 200 - year history , with Probate Montgomery , first incorporated in 1819, served as the first capital of the Confederate States of America, and about a century later was the site of the

Montgomery , Alabama, elects its first black mayor . Montgomery later became the site of Rosa Parks' famed bus boycott in 1955 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dexter "Tonight is important, as a person of color, from a place with the history that Montgomery has, to see the city being represented

Montgomery, Alabama, site of the historic Montgomery bus boycott, is set to get its first black mayor in the city's 200-year history, with Probate Judge Steven Reed winning roughly two-thirds of the total vote in Tuesday's election.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Steven Reed won about 67 percent of the vote.© Steven Reed for Montgomery Steven Reed won about 67 percent of the vote.

Reed, a judge for Montgomery County, defeated David Woods by winning about 67 percent of the vote. Reed will replace current Mayor Todd Strange, who did not seek reelection.

"If there was any doubt about what we can do when we come together, when we unify this city, let the record show tonight ... we (can) build around positivity, around opportunity, and all the things that tie us together," Reed said Tuesday night, NBC-affiliate WSFA reported.

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Montgomery , Ala., elects its first African American mayor after 200 years . Reed, already a trailblazer as Montgomery County’s first black probate judge, defeated David Woods, owner of the local Fox affiliate, in a nonpartisan runoff election with 67 percent of the vote and all precincts

The capital of Alabama, the city where the US civil rights movement was born, has elected the first black mayor in its 200 - year history . The 45-year-old is expected to be sworn in at Montgomery City Hall in November. Mr Reed's victory has been hailed as a historic day for the city, which was the

Reed will be sworn into office next month.

Montgomery, first incorporated in 1819, served as the first capital of the Confederate States of America, and about a century and a half later was the site of the bus boycott, a seminal moment in the civil rights movement.

Montgomery had been one of three cities with a population greater than 100,000 in the six Deep South states that had not previously elected a black mayor, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

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