In August, Charlottesville, Virginia was home to a frightening conglomerate of violent tiki torch bearing White supremacist during the Unite the Right rally.
Months later, the town has elected its first Black female mayor.
On Tuesday, the Charlottesville city council elected Nikuyah Walker to the town’s mayoral office.
The former grassroots organizer, only recently became a Charlottesville city council member.
Given the racist terror that flooded the city over the summer, her candor makes the Independent candidate an appealing choice to hold the newfound position. Following the Unite the Right rally, Walker, who was then still a city council candidate, confronted the city’s then-mayor Mayor Mike Signer who granted the White nationalists the permit to hold the march in the city.
“Why did you think that you could walk in here and do business as usual after what happened on the 12th?” Walker asked at the first city council meeting to take place after the rally.
Walker plans to use her time in office to improve healthcare, create affordable housing, simplify the reentry process for former offenders and ensure all workers have living wage jobs.