0 Stokes, Hatcher, and McCree Breakthrough as Mr. Mayor

Many have come since, but in November, 1967, 40 years ago, these 3 black history people were elected as the first African American mayors of major U.S. cities.

  • Carl B. Stokes was elected mayor of Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Floyd McCree was elected mayor of Flint, Michigan.
  • Richard B. Hatcher was elected mayor of Gary, Indiana.

The mid 20th century civil rights movement helped lead to these important political gains.