7 African American Mayors Under the Radar

A roundup of Black mayors who have earned distinction in their communities

Mayor Byron Brown of Buffalo, New York (Image: City of Buffalo)

We’ve all heard of the career-killing misdeeds of former mayors Kwame Kilpatrick and Sheila Dixon. Once the media got hold of their stories, they became household names. At the other extreme of national attention is a superstar like Cory Booker.

But of course, the landscape of African-American mayors is wider than that. The Atlanta Post rounds up seven municipal leaders that, although are overlooked by the national spotlight, have earned distinction (not all good) in their respective communities.

Mayor Byron Brown: Mayor Brown, a Democrat, started off slow in the violent and cold city of Buffalo. With a campaign focused on abolishing crime and poverty, Brown made efforts to be a part of Buffalo’s firearms solution, helping the city’s homicide rate plummet 20 percent. His secondary problem, poverty, forced him to set aside funds for demolishing abandoned buildings and clean up trash. With Brown persuading the city to install cameras on street corners, Buffalo’s murder rate shot down 50 percent by early 2009. Controversy has also surrounded this mayor, as well as his aides and business partners, but no charges have been filed.

Read more at The Atlanta Post …

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  • Ronn

    “Black”, not African-American! They are NOT from Africa, are they?

    • HASSAN

      All human beings ere originally from Africa there DNA can be traced to the oldest skeletan of the species of Homo Sapiens .That is the thinking man with the ability to make tools,develop language and clothing.All Africans are from the black race but all Blacks are not from countrys in Africa .Some are from Asia and South American.Please go back to college and study Anthropology and World History and stop making un-educated ignorant statements about what is black and the relatiobship with AFRICA ALL HUMAN BEINGS DNA HAVE BEEN PROVEN GENETICALLY TO ORIGINATE FROM EAST AFRICA…..TAKE A COURSE IN GENETICS AND LEARN YOUR ROOTS AND ALL RACE
      THEY AER DESCENDANTS OF AFRICANS THAT INCLUDES ASIANS AND EUROPEANS KNOWN TO YOU AS WHITES

  • John

    I agree Ronn. You are either black or not. 90% of blacks are not from africa and so they are called african american. BS. Just a name kind of like calling a Janitor a maintenance specialist…..:)

  • HASSAN

    All human beings ere originally from Africa there DNA can be traced to the oldest skeletan of the species of Homo Sapiens .That is the thinking man with the ability to make tools,develop language and clothing.All Africans re from the blak race but all Blacks are not from countrys in Afric .Some are from Asia and South American.Please go back to college and study Anthropology and World History nd stop mking un-educated ignorant statements about what is black and the relatiobship with AFRICA ALL HUMAN BEINGS DNA HAVEBEEN PROVEN GENETICALLY TO ORIGINATE FROM EAST AFRICA…..TAKE A COURSE IN GENETICS AND LEARN YOUR ROOTS AND ALL RACE
    THEY AER DESCENDANTS OF AFRICANS THAT INCLUDES ASIANS AND EUROPEANS KNOWN TO YOU AS WHITES.

  • HASSAN

    All human beings ere originally from Africa there DNA can be traced to the oldest skeletan of the species of Homo Sapiens .That is the thinking man with the ability to make tools,develop language and clothing.All Africans are from the black race but all Blacks are not from countrys in Africa .Some are from Asia and South American.Please go back to college and study Anthropology and World History and stop making un-educated ignorant statements about what is black and the relatiobship with AFRICA ALL HUMAN BEINGS DNA HAVE BEEN PROVEN GENETICALLY TO ORIGINATE FROM EAST AFRICA…..TAKE A COURSE IN GENETICS AND LEARN YOUR ROOTS AND ALL RACE
    THEY AER DESCENDANTS OF AFRICANS THAT INCLUDES ASIANS AND EUROPEANS KNOWN TO YOU AS WHITES.