New San Francisco Supervisor London Breed was swarmed by hundreds of supporters, friends and family members at the African American Arts and Cultural Center on Tuesday evening as she was sworn in. Photo by Wade Woods.
Joined by family and friends, public dignitaries and ardent supporters from her district and other parts of San Francisco, London Breed was sworn in Tuesday as District 5 Supervisor in a private ceremony at San Francisco City Hall.
“I am so happy to see people of my past, present and future,” said Breed as she took the microphone at the ceremony.
Introduced by Amelia Ashley Ward, publisher of the San Francisco Sun Reporter and a Breed mentor, she was sworn in by state Attorney General Kamala Harris, another mentor who pushed Breed to run for the District 5 seat.
Breed said she intends to be an advocate for her district, an area that includes the Inner Sunset, Haight, Fillmore, Western Edition, Japantown and parts of Pacific Heights. She said she grew up in Fillmore in the Plaza East housing development, just a few blocks away from San Francisco’s City Hall.
Noting the physical closeness between the two locations, she said, for many people, “Its many miles and worlds apart.”
“San Francisco is a prosperous city and a place of opportunity,” said Breed. “But we need to realize that there are people who are out there suffering and in need. We need to be aware of the injustices and need.”
Breed joins District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, becoming the second African American woman on the board. This is the second time that Black women have held two seats on the Board of Supervisors. In the 1980s Doris Ward and Willie B Kennedy were supervisors at the same time.
Breed spoke of her experience as executive director of the African American Cultural Center. She said the center was a beacon of hope for children in the community and that she sees her job is to bring hope to people.
“I want to see people have an opportunity for good jobs and to have dignity,” she said. “The solutions to many of the problems that people face are to spread and expand economic and social opportunity in San Francisco.”
Dr. Amos Brown, pastor at Third Baptist Church in San Francisco, was on hand to congratulate Breed. He was happy for her, he said, but “London has to be on guard as a new supervisor.”
“We have a challenge as Black people in this city,” he said. “There is disrespect by people (toward) African American public officials. There also needs to be opportunity for all in this city.”
Pastor J Edgar Boyd of First AME church in Los Angeles came to San Francisco for the occasion. Boyd, former pastor at Bethel AME in San Francisco, was an early Breed supporter.
“London brings a breath of fresh air and leadership to San Francisco government,” said Pastor Boyd. “She has a lot of potential, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see her become mayor of San Francisco one day.”