Cook County Board President and mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle. (WBEZ, Flickr)
For the first time in its history, Chicago will have a Black female mayor. When Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he would not seek a third term, over a dozen people entered the race to run the third largest city in the country and the largest in the Midwest. Of the 14 candidates who made the ballot, three were Black women — Toni Preckwinkle, Lori Lightfoot, and Amara Enyia. Preckwinkle and Lightfoot will compete in the upcoming runoff election.
These Black women represent a continuum of their predecessors who fought for suffrage and participated in political movements for the past 170 years. Excluded by white women, Black suffragists in Chicago formed their own suffrage and civic organizations. In 1913, Ida B. Wells co-founded the Alpha Suffrage Club, which aggressively canvassed door-to-door to elect Oscar De Priest as the first Black alderman…
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