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Alabama Town Elects Its First Majority Black Council in Over 130 Years

Now more than ever we continue to see change sweep our country! According to Because of Them We Can , a predominantly Black city in Alabama just elected its first majority Black city council in the city’s 131-year history. Prior to last week, residents in Pleasant Grove, Alabama had never had a Black person elected to fill a council seat since the town was founded over 130 years ago. Today, three of the five city council seats are slated to be held by Black council members. This major win is a result of a lawsuit filed by voting rights attorney Jim Blacksher and NAACP Legal Defense Fund on behalf of two local voters against the city who worked to changed the town’s at-large voting method in elections. “[The lawsuit] was definitely a catalyst to get us to where we’re at right now,” said Kevin “K.D.” Dunn, one of the five candidates who won. “[I ran] not to create a historical moment [but] just to try to enhance the quality of the city. They wanted to see fresh blood, they wanted to...

Shanique Yates

Sep 11, 2020