Black female mayors take the spotlight amid protests and pandemic

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Black female mayors take the spotlight amid protests and pandemic

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms captured the nation’s attention when she addressed the civil unrest occurring in her city after George Floyd’s death.

“I am a mother to four black children in America, one of whom is 18 years old,” Bottoms said Friday in a rousing speech watched and praised across the country. “When I saw the murder of George Floyd, I hurt like a mother.”

Bottoms and other black female mayors, including San Francisco’s London Breed and Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot, are leading some of the nation’s largest cities during an unprecedented moment of challenge as protests against police brutality overlap with the ongoing coronavirus crisis and the attendant economic collapse. They’re being praised as thoughtful leaders at a time of political tumult and as high-profile examples of black women holding political office across the country.

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