Sep 30th, 2018
In this episode entitled "This Little Light" pays tribute to Mayor Victoria Jackson - Stanley, 1st African American and female mayor of Cambridge, Maryland.
Victoria Jackson-Stanley was born August 20th, 1953 to Fred and Betty Jackson during the time of segregation in Cambridge, Maryland. She was among the first black students to attend the previously all-white Cambridge High School.
The town had a history of racial unrest, with racial tension making headlines in the 1960's. By the 1970's, the town and schools were integrated.
During a time of racial segregation, Mayor Jackson-Stanley had firsthand experiences of the movement provided by her father, Fred Jackson, who became one of the strongest advocates for economic rights as well as desegregation.
On June 10, 2008, in a non-partisan election, Jackson-Stanley and incumbent Mayor Cleveland Rippon won the right to face each other in the July general election. Residents agreed that economic growth and other concerns were more important than gender and race.
Jackson-Stanley was sworn in on July 21, 2008, for her 1st term, and again on July 2012 for her second and is currently in her third term after being reelected in 2016.
We honor and celebrate the leadership and commitment of Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley. She is the hope and the dream of those who fought for our rights and freedom.