SAN FRANCISCO ELECTS FIRST BLACK MAYOR
London Breed recently made history by becoming San Francisco’s first ever female mayor by defeating her counterpart Mark Leno. The 43-year-old mayor is a graduate of political/public science and Public Administration from the University of California and University of San Francisco respectively.
This victory is coming after the death of former mayor Ed Lee who died last year as a result of a heart attack and Breed was elected as the city’s acting mayor.
Speaking about her victory, Breed says she hopes to inspire others and give people hope about the future of the city. She also promised to tackle various issues affecting the city and she is bent on improving San Francisco’s extensively documented housing/homelessness crisis and creating safe injection areas for drug users particularly affecting the city’s black population.
Breed’s childhood can be described as challenging as she was raised by her grandmother in a decrepit public housing project with both of her siblings addicted to drugs. Her younger sister died of an overdose, while her brother is in jail for robbery and other crimes.
She hopes that her victory inspires people to do and want more in life.
I know it means so, so much to so many people. I grew up in some of the most challenging of circumstances. The message that this sends to the next generation of young people growing up in this city is that no matter where you come from, no matter what you decide to do in life, you can do anything you want to do. She said.
Breed was also the executive director of the American Art and Culture Complex in 2002 a role she holds dearly because the Art Centre was a major part of her childhood experience and catered to people of her race but is slowly becoming more and more marginalized as San Francisco becomes richer and whiter.