There are more black mayors are in charge of U.S. cities today than ever before. During the civil right movement black leaders started to increase. Black leaders were becoming more involved in the political spectrum. Many of the early mayoral races were won on racialized platforms. Some people saw this as being part of a larger black struggle.
In the 1990′s there was less than 350 black mayors throughout the United States. According to The National Conference of Black Mayors there is over 500 black mayors representing United States cities. A large majority of those mayors are representing cities with a population of over 40,000 residents.
Black mayors address a wide range of issues, including the role of education in the city and health concerns of their residents living in poverty, the state of black leadership, and the crisis facing young black men in America today. Since the day the first black mayor was elected they have fought to provide a better life for the African-Americans in their community. They also work hard in making their cities safer and rebuilding the education system.
Black mayors are enthusiastic, but face special problems. They are normally Mayors in a economically challenged community. They are faced with the issues of high crime and low education marks. Bringing up the education marks and lowering the crime level can be a tough challenge. Thankfully there are more black mayors today than ever before and they are rising to the challenge like never before.
Educating yourself on the civil rights movement and the progress African Americans have had is something everyone should do. Understanding the struggles that they have faced might help some respect what African Americans have accomplished. The number of black mayors is increasing every year. We are also seeing more blacks move up through other parts of the political arena.