Hatcher, Richard G.

1st elected African-American mayor of a large US city

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(b. 1933) On Jan. 1, 1968, he became the 1st African-American Mayor of Gary, Indiana, 1st elected Black mayor of a US metropolitan city larger than 100,000 people, and 1st in Indiana. Carl Stokes, elected days later as Mayor of Cleveland, was sworn into office before Hatcher's inauguration. After moving to Gary, he practiced law in East Chicago, Indiana. In 1961, he became a deputy prosecutor for Lake County until elected to Gary's City Council in 1963 and was the 1st and only freshman elected President of the City Council in Gary's history. He was Mayor 1968-87, known as a fervent, prolific civil rights spokesman, for developing innovative approaches to urban problems, and as a national and international spokesman for civil rights, minorities, the poor and America's cities. He often delivered speeches alongside Martin Luther King, Robert F. Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, and other proponents of the civil rights movement. On April 5, 1968, he addressed President Johnson, with other politicians and civil rights leaders after Dr. King’s assassination and pending civil unrest. In the 1984 presidential election, Mayor Hatcher chaired Jesse Jackson's campaign. He was Vice-Chairman of the Democratic National Committee 1981-85. 10 x 8 b&w SP, signed with sentiment.

Condition: Good, few slight creases, slight thin spots verso (no see-thru)
Type:Photograph






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