Today in Black History: December 8, 1987 “Kurt Schmoke Became the first African American Mayor of Baltimore City”

On today in 1987, Kurt Schmoke became the first African American mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. Schmoke is a graduate of Yale University. Prior to becoming mayor, he was apart of the White House Domestic Policy Staff during the Carter Administration and in 1978, returned back to Baltimore as Assistant United States Attorney. Schmoke became known for fighting the “War on Drugs” and his viewpoint on drug decriminalization. He also initiated programs in housing, education, public, health, and economic development. Some of his achievements included improving the environment of low-income housing projects, a needle-exchange program for addicts, kept the tax rate stable, and attracted the Ravens football team to Baltimore. Schmoke served three terms as the mayor of Baltimore City and is currently the Vice President and General Council of Howard University.

To learn more about Kurt Schmoke, click here.


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