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Kim Janey sworn in as 1st Black, 1st woman mayor of Boston by Aaron katersky and Emily Shapiro

Kim Janey sworn in as first woman, first Black mayor of Boston

Kim Janey has broken barriers in the City of Boston. The former City Council President became the first Black and first woman mayor of the city after Marty Walsh was confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Labor. Janey was sworn into office on Wednesday in a historic moment. Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts’ first Black Congresswoman, introduced Kimberly Budd, the first Black woman to lead the state’s highest court. Budd administered the oath of office to Janey. The fourth-generation Boston resident was elected to the Boston City Council in 2017 and in 2020, she became the president of the most diverse city council in Boston’s history.

Kim Janey was sworn in as mayor of Boston on Wednesday, becoming the first Black person and first woman to hold the office.

Janey became acting mayor earlier this week when former Mayor Marty Walsh was confirmed as President Joe Biden’s secretary of labor. Janey was in her second year as Boston City Council president when Biden tapped Walsh for his cabinet.

As a child in the 1970s, Janey was bused to class, sometimes under police escort, as part of Boston’s fraught attempt to desegregate schools.

“I was forced onto the front lines,” she said. “I had rocks and racial slurs thrown at my bus, simply for attending school while Black.” To learn more about Kim Janey go to the link below:

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/kim-janey-sworn-1st-black-1st-woman-mayor/story?id=76650043

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