Charlotte’s mayor listed among most influential African-American women in the nation | Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles has been named one of the top 100 “change agents” among the nation’s African-American women.

Essence magazine released the list Monday and Lyles is listed among some of the world’s best-known black activists, politicians, authors, scholars and celebrities, such as actress Kerry Washington and entertainer Rihanna.

The magazine calls its list “The Woke 100” and said Lyles was included because she was elected the city’s first African-American female mayor, and was using her position to “grow Charlotte through strategic partnerships.”

“Woke” is an urban slang term for being “socially-minded” and aware.

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Lyles, a Democrat who was elected in 2017, tweeted out her gratitude Tuesday. “Thank you Essence for honoring me amongst…women who I deeply admire, learn from and stand in awe of their magic.”

Essence described the women on the list as “proven change agents and power players across the nation and the world.”

“These women continuously fight the good fight by inspiring us and igniting movements—from the healthcare field to the Hill to Hollywood,” said Essence. “These women consistently leave their mark on their respective communities and industries. ”

Lyles worked in the city’s budget office and as an assistant city manager for nearly 30 years. She was known for being pragmatic as a council member in the four years before being elected mayor.

Thank you @essence for honoring me amongst 99 women who I deeply admire, learn from and stand in awe of their magic. I’m so proud to be a part of the #Woke100.

— Mayor Vi Lyles (@ViLyles) April 24, 2018

Mark Price: 704-358-5245, @markprice_obs

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