Ella Jones Elected First Black Mayor of Ferguson

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Six years after the senseless shooting of 18-year-old, unarmed Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson, Ferguson, Missouri—the city that solidified the Black Lives Matter movement—has elected Ella Jones to be the city’s first African American and first woman mayor.

Jones defeated her opponent, Heather Robinett, with 54 percent of the vote, and solidified a message of hope. Yet, instead of streets lined with parades and celebration over this victory, the boulevards of Ferguson were once again filled with protest over a white officer killing a Black man. This time, the city of Ferguson mourns for George Floyd. 

With the death of Floyd weighing heavily on the hearts and minds of many Americans, Jones acknowledged these frustrations, while promising change.

“My election gives people hope,” Jones said in an interview Wednesday. “Everybody is looking…

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