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Ella Jones Makes History as Ferguson's First Black Mayor

Nearly six years after Ferguson erupted in protests and uprisings over the tragic murder of Michael Brown, the city has elected Ella Jones as not only the first Black mayor but the first woman mayor as well. Jones, a Ferguson City Council member, pastor, and resident of the city for over 40 years, is dedicated to leading the city in a new direction. After Ferguson was ushered into national attention for their fight against police brutality and racism in the city, they took the national stage mobilizing the Black Lives Matter movement. The newly-elected mayor beat out fellow councilwoman Heather Robinett by only 138 votes to succeed term-limited Mayor James Knowles III, NPR reports . Jones’ victory still plays background to the ongoing protests in Ferguson as part of the Black resistance movements across the country combating the recent police brutality incidents. Jones has made her stance on current events clear and is committed to police department reform. She is also in full...

Jun 3, 2020