Mississippi’s First Black Female Mayor Passes

MAYERSVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Civil rights pioneer Unita Blackwell has died. Blackwell became the first black women to be elected mayor in Mississippi in Mayersville in 1976. A native of Lula, Blackwell entered politics in the 1960s as a member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, established to protest blacks’ exclusion from voting in regular Democratic primaries in the state. Blackwell was 86 years old.

 


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