African American becomes mayor of Montgomery


Democrat Steven Reed at his victory celebration in Montgomery
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Montgomery, capital of the state of Alabama, is considered the cradle of the American civil rights movement. Democrat Steven Reed became the city’s first African-American mayor.

Dhe city of Montgomery, considered the birthplace of the American civil rights movement, has elected an African-American mayor for the first time. “This election was never about me,” said 45-year-old Democrat Steven Reed after his election victory in the Alabama state capital. “It was about all the hopes and dreams that we have as individuals and as a community in this city.”

Reed defeated rival David Woods, owner of a local TV station, with more than 67 percent of the vote, according to local media reports, and is scheduled to take office on November 12.

Lawyer Reed was one of the first judges in Alabama to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples in 2015. 200,000 people live in Montgomery, 60 percent of the residents are African American.

Montgomery is considered the birthplace of the American civil rights movement since civil rights activist Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white man and was arrested there in 1955. Civil rights activist Martin Luther King was preaching in a Baptist church in Montgomery — and protests against racial segregation in the United States were also taking place in the city at the time.

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