"We have made strides in politics despite the fact that blacks represent less than one per cent of the total number of government officials," Ernest N. Morial, New Orleans mayor--elect said las night.
Morial, a visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics, addressed an informal gathering of about 20 students on the progress of black politics last night in the Quincy House Junior Common Room.
Morial said the greatest increase in black officials occured in the number of black mayors in major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta, and New Orleans.
"I'm the mayor of all the people and I'll try to win the support of those that didn't vote for me and hold on to those that did, without compromising my principles," he said.
"Blacks and whites look for a black mayor to go into a phone booth and change his clothes and come out wearing an "S" on his chest," Morial said.