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Defining Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

Keisha’s no Kasim: Inside Bottoms’s very different City Hall

Her critics worried she would be an extension of Kasim Reed. But after more than a year in office, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms wants you to know she’s leading the city on her own terms.

With mass resignations and peek into City Hall’s checkbook, Keisha Lance Bottoms aims to start defining her time as mayor

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms unintentionally launched a media firestorm when she asked more than 25 of her cabinet members to submit their resignations. But regardless of tactics, her message was clear: This won't be a third term of Kasim Reed.
Maynard Jackson

A new documentary on Maynard Jackson delves deep into the struggles and scrutiny of Atlanta’s first black mayor

It’s now been 15 years since Maynard Jackson’s death, but the issues explored in the new documentary film about his life—the city’s fraught racial history, the expectations placed on a black mayor, the scrutiny on minority contracts for city business—feel very relevant today.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

“There’s still an enormous amount of racial distrust in Atlanta.”

Just few weeks into her term, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks out about the election, her efforts to raise $1 billion for affordable housing, whether she’ll endorse in the governor’s race, and the sexism she encounters as a woman who, besides being a mother of four, is the mayor of Georgia’s largest city.
Maynard Jackson

Flashback: Atlanta City Hall, 1974, when Maynard Jackson was the city’s first black mayor

He may have been born in Dallas, but Maynard Jackson was an Atlantan through and through.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Powering Down: Mayor Kasim Reed says goodbye to the only job he’s wanted since he was 13

In the Coretta Scott King suite on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency, Kasim Reed, the 59th mayor of Atlanta, was doing something he’s never enjoyed nor been particularly good at. He was waiting.

View from City Hall

The Atlanta metro region will continue to be one of the fastest-growing areas of the country and will become more diverse in every way. Census projections indicate the number of nonwhite and nonblack residents will continue to rise, which will give the city a richer texture.

Maynard Jackson

The child of black Atlanta aristocrats, Jackson was the first grandson of John Wesley Dobbs, the unofficial “Mayor of Auburn Avenue” and a visionary who worked to register black voters.

Bill Campbell

By the time Campbell had served as a federal prosecutor, helped defeat the proposed Presidential Parkway, and won election as mayor in 1993, the charismatic, handsome lawyer seemed destined for big things.

Andrew Young

In MLK’s inner circle, Andrew Young was the refined diplomat.

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