In 2010, Mohammed Kasim Reed became the 59th Mayor of Atlanta, filling his mentor Mayor Shirley Franklin’s seat. He is a graduate of Howard Law School who worked for Atlanta congressman and Civil Rights activist John Lewis soon after. Reed gained valuable legislative experience as a state senator (2002-2009) representing the 35th district, and as a member of the House of Representative from 1998 to 2002. Not only did he succeed Franklin, he acted as campaign manager for both of her successful bids, attracting support from Atlanta’s youth and many notable names within the hip-hop community.

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