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USA, June 2020

PHOTO: NEW YORK TIMES

Nearly six years after Ferguson, Missouri erupted in protests galvanizing the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement following the murder of Michael Brown, a black teenager, by a white police officer, the city sees it’s first black mayor.

Ella Jones, 65, who is also the first woman to hold the position, says “My election gives people hope”. Now, more than ever, it is needed, as BLM gains global traction following George Floyd’s death. “Everybody is looking for a change, everybody wants to have a better way of life… It is starting to get better. We are making changes”.

Jones has experienced injustice first-hand all her life. She is adamant that she “didn’t just get exposed to it because I became a City Council Member” (the first black woman to be elected to that role, too). She has been a resident of Ferguson for over 40 years, also acting as a pastor at the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

With Jones’ determination to face the city’s issues head-on - “I don’t get along to go along… If I see something that needs to be addressed, I will address it” - the people of Ferguson can see a light at the end of the tunnel, once more.