Today is a truly remarkable milestone for the City of Boston.
After a year that has been one of devastating hardship for thousands upon thousands of our neighbors and friends, we will come together to witness a historic moment: the swearing-in of Kim Janey as the 55th Mayor of Boston. We celebrate this momentous occasion as a long-overdue turning of the page to a new chapter in Boston’s history. Her appointment as the first-ever Black, and first-ever woman, to serve as the city’s chief executive reinforces the vision of Boston as a diverse, vital and vibrant city.
It is also a culmination of a seismic shift that has taken place in city government in recent years. Today’s Boston City Council, and the Mayor’s Cabinet, reflect the true demographic and ethnic makeup of the city more closely than at any time in the past. While there is still much work to be done to reduce inequities, address issues of social justice and dismantle the systems that have fed discrimination in the past, we can pause and take pride in the significance of this important day in our city.
As a community leader, and as a member and President of the Boston City Council, Mayor Janey has consistently focused on the critical issues of education and social justice. We at the Boston Foundation look forward to partnering with her as she leads the city through a just and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, furthers the cause of racial justice, and builds a city where justice and opportunity truly are extended to everyone.
Congratulations, Mayor Janey.