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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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The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a civil-rights protest during which African Americans refused to ride The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ordered Montgomery to integrate its bus system, and one of the Rosa Parks’ Bus . In 1955, African Americans were still required by a Montgomery , Alabama

(Reuters) - Montgomery , the capital of the southern U.S. state of Alabama, known as the birthplace of the civil rights movement for its 1950s bus boycotts over segregated seating, has elected the first black mayor in its 200 - year history . Steven Reed, a county probate judge who is black, defeated

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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The Montgomery bus boycott was a political and social protest campaign against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery , Alabama.

Montgomery Mayor - elect Steven Reed speaks at his victory party. Reed was already the first black probate judge elected in Montgomery County and was one of the first to issue Martin Luther King Jr. and is also near the spot where Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to obey bus segregations

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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