Unita Blackwell was born in 1933 in Lula, Mississippi to sharecroppers and became the first Black woman to be elected Mayor in Mississippi. The town was Mayersville and was officially recognized in 1976. She was the town’s first mayor. (https://www.eduplace.com/ss/socsci/ms/books/bkd_ms/biographies/bio_template.jsp?book=bkd_ms&bio=blackwellu&name=Unita+Blackwell). She is also an activist who has worked throughout her life to advance equality and civil rights throughout the world. “She was…a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Fellowship in 1992” (http://www.blackpast.org/aah/blackwell-unita-1933).
For more about the context of racism in Mississippi see: