2015 is turning out to be a pretty good year so far for Black women in politics and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the latest woman of color to make history with her success.

Rawlings-Blake was recently appointed to the top position in the United States Conference of Mayors, making history as the first African-American woman to lead the organization in its’ entire 83 years of existence. She had this to say to The Network Journal shortly after being appointed:

“At a time when women and African-American women especially, still face many challenges, the honor of being a female President of this organization and the first African-American female President is not lost on me.

We talk a lot about how cities are on the upswing. Articles and books are being written about the new renaissance that’s taken place reversing a trend of decades of decline of cities. And it’s all great. But as you all saw two months ago there are still very large segments of our cities that feel disenfranchised, disaffected and disgusted. They don’t see the growth and positivity that occurs in other parts of town. It’s an issue of opportunity as much as it is an issue of policing. It’s as much an issue of jobs as it is policing. It’s as much an issue of community development as it is policing. It is as much an issue of education as it is community policing. And we don’t lose sight of that.”

Rawlings-Blake has served as mayor of Baltimore for the past four years and she previously made history as the youngest person ever to be elected to the Baltimore City Council at the age of 25. Among her growing list of accomplishments, Rawlings-Blake worked as secretary for the DNC following President Obama’s re-election in 2012 and has received countless numbers of awards and recognition from a the likes of the Maryland State Senate, The National Congress Of Black Women and other nationally prestigious organizations.

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    This time of her mayorship will be her test. The death of Freddie Gray was a tragedy. The Baltimore rebellion existed because of many socioeconomic factors and because hurting people hated being oppressed by a corrupt system. She has a lot of opposition from many black people. This is a historic time for her and I wish the Sister the best, but a lot of people in Baltimore want her to do better (not just the reactionaries, but progressive people on issues). I’ve got kin in Baltimore too. We certainly need more solidarity and a democratic communal ethics in our spirits. We are opposed to fascist police terror. We want egalitarianism and justice.

  • mariah asphalt

    When is this mayor going to realize that Freddie Gray’s spine was broken BEFORE he was dragged to that ambulance. He couldn’t walk.