The Rise of Black Leadership in Philly

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Police Chief Charles Ramsey, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman and most-likely-gonna-be District Attorney Seth Williams are changing the face of leadership in a city not always known as racially progressive.

By the fall, African-Americans will hold what are likely the four most important positions in the City of Brotherly Love. More than 45 years after race riots rocked Philly, some could argue that the city is making progress toward improved race relations, according to the Metro.

Some people think that Philly has come a long way and skin color no longer matters.

"I think this city in many areas, especially elected office, has gotten beyond race and I’m proud to say I’m a Philadelphian because of that," Councilman Frank Rizzo told the Metro.

The final historic moment toward Blacks gaining political power was Williams' victory in Tuesday's Democratic D.A. primary.

"It means that we’re moving in the right direction, that people are going to be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin," J. Wyatt Mondesire, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP told the Metro, echoing the words of Dr. Martin Luther King.

"I think we’re moving to a greater realization of the American Dream, so to speak," said Mondesire.

The moral of the story -- leadership in Philly has finally become colorblind.

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