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PODCAST: Providence’s Missing Black Mayor

Friday, March 07, 2014


Not only has Providence never elected a black mayor, experts say voters have never had a strong candidate for the job.

"Rhode Island has a centuries-long history of the politics of self-interest, going back to the 19th Century and efforts by the Yankee WASP elite to prevent Catholic immigrants from voting," said Tom Frank, a reporter at USA Today who covered Providence for the Providence Journal in the early and mid-1990s.


Related Slideshow: Large American Cities With Black Mayors

Using data from BlackDemographics.com and 2010 Census data, GoLocal compiled the 20 American cities with a population of 100,000 or more that currently have black mayors

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Wichita, KS

Carl Brewer

Population: 382,368
Percent Black: 11.50%
Mayor Since: 2007
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Sacramento, CA

Kevin Johnson

Population: 466,488
Percent Black: 14.60%
Mayor Since: 2008
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Alexandria, VA

William D. Eullie

Population: 139,966
Percent Black: 21.80%
Mayor Since: 2003
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Columbus, OH

Michael B. Coleman

Population: 787,033
Percent Black: 28.00%
Mayor Since: 2000
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Jacksonville, FL

Alvin Brown

Population: 821,784
Percent Black: 30.70%
Mayor Since: 2011
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Tallahassee, FL

John Marks

Population: 181,376
Percent Black: 35.00%
Mayor Since: 2003
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Buffalo, NY

Byron W. Brown

Population: 261,310
Percent Black: 38.60%
Mayor Since: 2005
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Durham, NC

William V. Bell

Population: 228,330
Percent Black: 41.00%
Mayor Since: 2001
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Inglewood, CA

James T. Butts

Population: 109,376
Percent Black: 42.90%
Mayor Since: 2011
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Philadelphia, PA

Michael A. Nutter

Population: 1,526,006
Percent Black: 43.40%
Mayor Since: 2008
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Richmond, VA

Dwight C. Jones

Population: 204,214
Percent Black: 50.60%
Mayor Since: 2009
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Washington, DC

Vincent C. Gray

Population: 601,723
Percent Black: 50.70%
Mayor Since: 2011
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Cleveland, OH

Frank Jackson

Population: 396,815

Percent Black: 53.3%

Mayor Since: 2005

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Atlanta, GA

Kasim Reed

Population: 420,003 
Percent Black: 54.00%
Mayor Since: 2010
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Baton Rouge, LA

Melvin "Kip" Holden

Population: 229,493
Percent Black: 54.50%
Mayor Since: 2005
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Shreveport, LA

Cedric B. Glover

Population: 199,311
Percent Black: 54.70%
Mayor Since: 2006
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Savannah, GA

Edna Jackson

Population: 136,286
Percent Black: 55.40%
Mayor Since: 2012
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Memphis, TN

A.C. Wharton, Jr.

Population: 646,889
Percent Black: 63.30%
Mayor Since: 2009
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Baltimore, MD

Stephanie Rowlings-Blake

Population: 620,961
Percent Black: 63.70%
Mayor Since: 2010
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Birmingham, AL

William A. Bell, Sr.

Population: 212,237
Percent Black: 73.40%
Mayor Since: 2010

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