American Civil Rights Movement
Carl B. Stokes Becomes First African American Mayor

On November 7, 1967, Democrat Carl B. Stokes was elected Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. Stokes was the first African American to be elected mayor of a major U.S. city. In this video, Stokes speaks to his supporters following his victory, saying: “I can find no more fitting way to end this appeal by saying to all of you, in the most serious and in the most meaningful way that I can, that truly never before have I ever known to the extent that I know tonight the full meaning of the words ‘God Bless America.’”

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