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Toledo now boasts its first Black woman to be elected as mayor. Hicks-Hudson, the president of Toledo’s City Council, was the acting mayor, but was appointed to the post after the sudden death of D. Michael Collins. Hicks-Hudson defeated seven candidates in her win, including Collins’ widow and a pair former mayors. Hicks-Hudson attended Spelman College, Colorado State University, and University of Iowa College of Law.

A former councilman and mayor pro-tem, Johnson made two significant marks as the first Black mayor of Fayetteville and the first Black mayor of any city in Fayette County. Johnson is a former Navy commander who also led the local chapter of the NAACP as president. In 2012, he was just the second Black person elected to office in the county when he won his council seat. Johnson is also the pastor of Flat Rock AME, the oldest Black church in the county.

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Little Known Black History Facts: Historic Black Mayoral Wins  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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