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Black History Month | Mayor Vi Lyles
This Black History Month, we honor VIOLA ALEXANDER LYLES. Lyles was born on September 28, 1952, in Columbia, South Carolina. Lyles is an American Politician of the Democratic Party. Vi Lyles made history on November 7, 2017, as the first African-American woman elected Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Upon taking office, Lyles became the 59th Mayor of the city of Charlotte. Before making history as the first Black Women elected Mayor of Charlotte, Lyles was the Community Outreach Director for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where former President Barrack Obama and current President Joseph Biden were nominated President and Vice President that year. She was elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2013, and Mayor Pro-Tem in 2015.
As part of her pro-active measures to address Police and Citizen tensions in Charlotte, following a shooting in 2016, Vi Lyles proposed a seven-point plan to reduce racial and class divisions in the city. Parts of her proposal were approved by the Council. Her actions seemed an appropriate precursor to what would later be part of her official duties as Mayor.
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