2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The Florida League of Cities recognized this monumental accomplishment with the adoption of a member-approved resolution and with the development of a League project commemorating the first African American women to be elected to office in Florida. Because we are the Florida League of Cities, most of the emphasis is on the municipal level of government. Click here
to view the interactive online publication.
The project currently showcases first African American women elected at the state legislative level; county and school board level and, of course, the municipal level. Our goal is to continue to populate this site with more women and also men who are the first African Americans elected to their city commissions.
This project is very exciting and important! Why? Because there is no history book, document, website, library or any other repository of historical information that provides this compilation of information, and in this way, until now! It adds a critical educational component to the array of Civic Education material that is already provided by the League and missing in the state’s history books. The development of this project continues.
If you were the first African American male or female elected to your city government council/commission, please let us know by using the submission form in the section to the right to share your information and a high-resolution photo so we can add it to our project.
Contact Sharon Berrian
with any questions,