It’s a shame there are still so many “first Black…” firsts to be had in 2015, but we can add Douglasville, Georgia to the list. The southern town just elected Rochelle Robinson to be its first Black and female mayor.
Robinson secured her win in a run-off election on Tuesday over incumbent Mayor Harvey Persons. Though things got a bit on the nasty side, Robinson managed to capture 61 percent of the votes.
“I am so excited. I am overwhelmed, it’s really indicative of the community we have,” the mayor elect said. “You know 60 years ago today, Rosa Parks sat down so I could stand.”
Robinson served on the Douglasville City Council from 2002 to 2006, and currently, she serves on the Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority.