Yesha Callahan

Yes She Can: Rochelle Robinson Becomes First Black Mayor of Douglasville, GA


It’s a shame there are still so many “first Black…” firsts to be had in 2015, but we can add Douglasville, Georgia to the list. The southern town just elected Rochelle Robinson to be its first Black and female mayor.

Robinson secured her win in a run-off election on Tuesday over incumbent Mayor Harvey Persons. Though things got a bit on the nasty side, Robinson managed to capture 61 percent of the votes.

“I am so excited. I am overwhelmed, it’s really indicative of the community we have,” the mayor elect said. “You know 60 years ago today, Rosa Parks sat down so I could stand.”

Robinson served on the Douglasville City Council from 2002 to 2006, and currently, she serves on the Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority.

  1. December 3, 2015 - Reply

    Congratulations to Sister Mayor Rochelle Robinson.

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  3. December 4, 2015 - Reply

    Mayor Robinson’s win brings hope to Douglasville because this is the same place where that group of savages in pickups with confederate flags harassed a black family having a child’s birthday party a couple of months ago. Douglasville also got their first black police chief in September. I see the days of hiding behind confederate flags to intimidate people coming to an end in Douglasville.

    Add Powder Springs, GA (appx 10 miles away from Douglasville) to the list. They also received their first black mayor the same night (not to take away from Rochelle Robinson being the first black and female mayor). Powder Springs’ mayor is the first black mayor of any city in the entire county ever. I am not sure about Douglas County. Congrats to our new black mayors!

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