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Atlanta, long known as the seat of Black economic and political power, votes on its future in mayoral election

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But Michael Leo Owens, a political science professor at Emory University, said Reed doesn’t have the same credentials his predecessors have as trailblazers, and neither can he point to “any sort of large legacy effects” during his tenure. Earlier mayors were “doing big things, adopting policies that had, I would say, big effects with regard to what Black civil society looks like, Black economic opportunity, some degree of Black wealth … They were actively trying to build new things.”

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