Franklin, Shirley Clarke
1945 - Born on May 10th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first female black mayor of any major city in the South.
1968 - Received her B.A. in Sociology from Howard University.
2002 - She became the first female mayor of Atlanta and the first African American woman to serve as mayor of a major southern city on January 7th.
- Since her inauguration, Mayor Franklin has worked to build a “Best in Class” managed city by strengthening existing frameworks, implementing progressive changes and making the tough decisions necessary to improve Atlanta.
2004 - Governing magazine named her Public Official of the Year.
2005 - Time Magazine named her one of the top five mayors in the country; she is ranked among the top ten mayors in the world by the World Mayor internet organization and has been named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
- Mayor Franklin is also a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
2006 - She won the Southern Institute for Business and Professional Ethics’ Ethics Advocate Award.
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