*Seven young Black men elected mayors of their respective cities have formed a group text to help each other navigate such challenges as the pandemic, the economic downturn and racial injustice.
The men took their text chat to a video screen this week to talk about their brotherhood on the “Today” show. Alabama mayors Randall Woodfin of Birmingham and Steven Reed of Montgomery joined Mayors Quinton Lucas of Kansas City, Mo., Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, Miss., Adrian Perkins of Shreveport, Frank Scott of Little Rock, and Levar Stoney of Richmond. The group said they talk via the group text weekly, sometimes daily, about trying to steer their cities through the “trifecta of a global health pandemic, an economic crisis, and racial unrest,” Woodfin told “Today” host Craig Melvin. “All three of those things combined requires a deep moral compass to make tough decisions.”
“I think having a collective like this where you have this type of sounding board is priceless,” Reed said. “And it’s something I think has made us all better leaders.”
Watch their “Today” interview below: