United States elections: A Historical look back on a few mayoral elections

United States elections: A Historical look back on a few mayoral elections

Dilemma X takes this time to reflect back on the elections of a few African Americans to become mayors of American cities.

The African American to be elected mayor of a U.S. town was in 1868, when Pierre Caliste Landry became mayor of Donaldsonville, Louisiana.

Springfield, OH 1966
Robert Henry First black mayor Springfield 1966

Cleveland, OH 1967
Carl Stokes First Black Mayor Cleveland 1967

Carl Stokes First Black Mayor Cleveland 1967

Gary, IN 1967
Richard Hatcher First black mayor Gary 1967

Chapel Hill, NC 1969
Howard Nathaniel Lee First Black Mayor Chapel Hill 1969

Compton, CA 1969
Douglas Dollarhide First black mayor Compton 1969

Fayette, MS 1969
Charles Evers First Black Mayor of Fayette Mississippi 1969

Durham, NC 1971
Durham would not elect and African American as mayor until 1989
Asa T Spaulding Durham Mayor Election 1971

1970 U.S. Census population release 1971

Los Angeles, CA 1973
Tom Bradley Los Angeles first black mayor 1973

Detroit, MI 1973

Atlanta, GA 1973
Atlanta 1973

Raleigh, NC 1973
Raleigh 1973

Detroit, MI 1973
Colman Young Detroit First Black Mayor 1973

New Orleans, LA 1977

Chicago, Il 1983

Philadelphia, PA 1983

Charlotte, NC 1983

Durham, NC 1989

Houston, TX 1997

Fayetteville, NC 2001

Asheville, NC 2005

Greensboro, NC 2007

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List of some of the first African American mayors of larger US cites
All first African American mayors not listed

Rank City State July 1, 2016 Population 2016 Black Pct First African American Mayor
1 New York New York 8,537,673 24.4% 1989 David Dinkins
2 Los Angeles California 3,976,322 9.0% 1973 Tom Bradley
3 Chicago Illinois 2,704,958 30.9% 1983 Harold Washington
4 Houston Texas 2,303,482 22.8% 1997 Lee P. Brown
6 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1,567,872 42.9% 1983 Wilson Goode
7 San Antonio Texas 1,492,510 7.1% 2014 Ivy Taylor
9 Dallas Texas 1,317,929 24.6% 1995 Ron Kirk
12 Jacksonville Florida 880,619 30.7% 2011 Alvin Brown
13 San Francisco California 870,887 5.4% 1996 Willie Brown
14 Columbus Ohio 860,090 28.0% 2000 Michael B. Coleman
17 Charlotte North Carolina 842,051 35.3% 1983 Harvey Gantt
18 Seattle Washington 704,352 7.1% 1989 Norm Rice
19 Denver Colorado 693,060 9.8% 1991 Wellington Webb
21 Washington District of Columbia 681,170 48.3% 1975 Walter Washington
23 Detroit Michigan 672,795 79.7% 1973 Coleman Young
25 Memphis Tennessee 652,717 63.6% 1982 J.O. Patterson, Jr./1990 W. W. Herenton
30 Baltimore Maryland 614,664 63.0% 1987 Clarence H. Burns/1988 Kurt Schmoke
31 Milwaukee Wisconsin 595,047 39.2% 2004 Marvin Pratt
35 Sacramento California 495,234 13.7% 2008 Kevin Johnson
37 Kansas City Missouri 481,420 29.1% 1991 Emanuel Cleaver
38 Atlanta Georgia 472,522 52.4% 1973 Maynard Jackson
41 Raleigh North Carolina 458,880 28.9% 1973 Clarence Lightner
45 Oakland California 420,005 24.7% 1978 Lionel Wilson
46 Minneapolis Minnesota 413,651 18.8% 1994 Sharon Sayles Belton
49 New Orleans Louisiana 391,495 59.8% 1978 Ernest N. Morial
50 Wichita Kansas 389,902 11.2% 2007 Carl Brewer
51 Cleveland Ohio 385,809 50.8% 1968 Carl Stokes
61 St. Louis Missouri 311,404 47.9% 1993 Freeman Bosley, Jr.
65 Cincinnati Ohio 298,800 43.1% 1972 Ted Berry/ 2005 Mark Mallory
68 Greensboro North Carolina 287,027 41.8% 2007 Yvonne Johnson
69 Plano Texas 286,057 8.0% 2013 Harry LaRosiliere
70 Newark New Jersey 281,764 50.2% 1970 Kenneth A. Gibson
72 Toledo Ohio 278,508 27.2% 2002 Jack Ford
78 Durham North Carolina 263,016 40.0% 1989 Chester Jenkins
81 Buffalo New York 256,902 37.3% 2005 Byron Brown
88 Norfolk Virginia 245,115 42.2% 2016 Kenny Alexander
92 Chesapeake Virginia 237,940 29.7% 1990 William E. Ward
97 Baton Rouge Louisiana 227,715 55.2% 2004 Kip Holden
98 Richmond Virginia 223,170 48.6% 1977 Henry L. Marsh
101 Spokane Washington 215,973 2.3% 1981 James E. Chase
102 Des Moines Iowa 215,472 11.0% 1997 Preston Daniels
104 Birmingham Alabama 212,157 72.0% 1979 Richard Arrington, Jr.
105 Tacoma Washington 211,277 10.1% 1994 Harold Moss
106 Fontana California 209,665 9.3% 2010 Acquanetta Warren
107 Rochester New York 208,880 40.9% 1993 William A. Johnson, Jr.
110 Fayetteville North Carolina 204,759 42.0% 2001 Marshall Pitts Jr.
117 Little Rock Arkansas 198,541 41.9% 1981 Charles Bussey
119 Columbus Georgia 197,485 45.1% 1973 A.J. McClung (acting 52 days)
122 Shreveport Louisiana 194,920 56.3% 2006 Cedric Glover
125 Mobile Alabama 192,9047 50.6% 2005 Sam Jones
 129 Knoxville Tennessee 186,239 17.9% 2012 Daniel Brown
 199 Columbia South Carolina 134,309 41.1% 2010 Stephen K. Benjamin
221 Hartford Connecticut 123,243 37.8% 1981 Thirman Milner
259 High Point North Carolina 111,223 32.8% 2012 Bernita Sims
Asheville North Carolina 89,121 12.3% 2005 Terry Bellamy at the age of 33
Gary IN 76,424 82.9% 1967 Richard G. Hatcher
Waterloo Iowa 67,934 15.7% 2015 Quentin Hart
Springfield Ohio 59,087 17.4% 1966 Robert C. Henry
Meridian Mississippi 39,113 61.1% 2013 Percy L. Bland
Phenix City Alabama 37,132 44.3% 2012 Eddie Lowe
Ithaca New York 30,756 7.2% 2012 Svante Myrick
Selma Alabama 18,983 78.5% 2000 James Perkins
Brunswick Georgia 16,346 59.5% 2014 Cornell Harvey
Tuskegee Alabama 8,722 95.7% 1972 Johnny Ford
Philadelphia Mississippi 7,361 42.9% 2009 James Young
Camilla Georgia 5,170 73.1% 2015 Rufus L Davis II
Fayette Mississippi 1,527 100.0% 1969 James Charles Evers

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