It’s a done deal. Keisha Lance-Bottoms has entered the race, won and now is the 60th mayor to serve the city of Atlanta, GA. It’s a fitting end to an often-contemptuous race of 10-candidates but the creme-de-la-crème has risen to the top. Atlanta is continuing to make history with a 4th generation Atlantean, who promises to unite the city by pushing aside race, division and politics to achieve the kind of long-lasting goals it needs.
Mayor Lance-Bottoms’ parents were offspring of former slaves who came to Atlanta for a better way of life, which is not too unusual considering the narrative of African-American roots. What does stand out is how the new mayor is the first person in a long time to serve in all 3-branches of government as lawyer, judge and member of the Atlanta city council. Not to mention she becomes the 2nd African-American woman to hold the office.
“You’re still going to see more traffic than you want, but you’re also going to see more economic opportunities. But I can’t see a better mayor to turn this over to than the young lady we’re about to swear in.”
There are big things coming according to Mayor Lance-Bottoms, but you have to think big in order to make big things happen. The mayor feels she is up to the task. And it’s indicated by those in attendance at the inauguration that they have faith in her. Those included Felicia Moore, who just got elected to President of the Atlanta City Council at the same time, GA U.S. Representative John Lewis, U.S. Ambassador, activist and 55th Mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young, 57th Mayor Bill Campbell, rapper/actor Clifford “T.I.” Harris, Jr., and Chief Judge Atlanta Municipal Court Calvin S. Graves, who introduced her. Senior Judge of Fulton County, the Honorable Judge Brenda Cole, administered the oath of office for the new mayor.
“As the Isley Brothers once said, ‘Take us to the next phase.’” Or as T.I. would say, “ATL has some big things popping.”
- Joseph Walker, III