Toni Harp (Credit Tastie Fish)

Mayor Harp is spotlighted in Essence magazine

Toni Harp (Credit Tastie Fish)

New Haven – Mayor Toni N. Harp – along with 18 other African-American women mayors, including those of Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC – is featured in this month’s edition of Essence magazine in a story that describes, “women who are proven change agents, shape-shifters and power players across the nation and beyond,” according to reporter Christina Coleman, who wrote the piece.

The story follows up on what the magazine describes as the ‘Year of the Black Woman Mayors’ in 2017. It includes an iconic group portrait of the 19 women taken in the historic Hay-Adams hotel in Washington, D.C., under a portrait of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

“When I think about all of the people these mayors represent and the impact they can have on the political thinking in America, it blows my mind,” Mayor Harp says in the story. “What occurs to me is that this is just the beginning — a beginning that indicates something has changed in America.

One, that women are considered leaders, particularly African-American women, and that Black women are leaders in large cities and small cities are trusted to take care of the overall political apparatus of that community.”

The entire story and the iconic group portrait is available at the following link:




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