Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) joined many others on social media this week who celebrated Kim Janey making historical past as Boston’s first Black feminine mayor.
Janey, who is about to be sworn into workplace because the fifty fifth mayor of Boston on Wednesday, can also be the primary girl and individual of shade to serve within the position. She took workplace on Monday when Marty Walsh resigned to turn into President Joe Biden’s labor secretary.
Pressley, who turned the primary Black girl to symbolize Massachusetts in Congress when she was sworn in in January 2019, commemorated Janey’s achievement on Twitter on Tuesday.
“Concrete. Ceiling. Shattered,” she tweeted. “@Kim_Janey, I’m so proud to name you a pal, a companion in good, and now the Mayor of Boston.”
Pressley and Janey additionally each made historical past throughout their phrases on the Boston City Council.
Janey turned the primary girl to symbolize the town’s District 7 when she was elected to the council in 2017. In 2009, Pressley was the primary girl of shade elected to the council in its historical past.
With Walsh’s departure, Janey ascended from her most up-to-date position because the Boston City Council president to the town’s performing, or interim, mayor.
But Janey, a fourth-generation resident of the town’s Roxbury neighborhood, has made it clear in her Twitter bio that her “acting” title doesn’t mirror her dedication to the town of Boston: “Not acting, doing.”
“Will always give my all to the city that gave me everything!” the bio reads.
Janey has not but publicly confirmed whether or not she’ll run within the mayoral election within the fall, The Associated Press reported.
The new mayor mentioned her historic position, communities therapeutic from racial injustices and the continuing devastation of COVID-19 in a Twitter thread revealed March 11. She famous that her momentous achievement turning into mayor was “living proof that Boston is a city of possibilities.”
“Healing includes beginning to address the trauma of the dual devastation of COVID-19 and the reckoning of racial injustice by tapping into our collective joy,” she wrote, partly. “The joy that only a vibrant city can provide. As we reopen, we can’t settle for going back. We must go better.”
Renée Graham, a columnist for The Boston Globe’s opinion web page, tweeted in regards to the significance of Janey’s new position Tuesday, noting that Black girls have made political historical past in Boston lately.
In addition to Janey and Pressley, Graham talked about Rachael Rollins, who’s the primary Black girl ― and the primary girl of shade ― to serve as a district attorney in Massachusetts. She was sworn into workplace in 2019.
“When I moved to Boston more than 30 years ago, I could not have fathomed a day when my mayor (@Kim_Janey), my congresswoman (@AyannaPressley) and my district attorney (@DARollins) would all be Black women,” Graham tweeted.
Elected officers and politicians took to Twitter to congratulate Janey forward of her swearing-in ceremony:
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