Janey outlines plans to ‘build a better Boston’

Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced her candidacy for mayor standing in front of the Faces of Dudley mural in Nubian Square, a mural depicting historical figures from Boston’s black community. The following is an excerpted version of her speech.

It’s great to be with you this morning in front of the beautiful faces of Dudley, of Roxbury. I am standing here today because of people like Melnea Cass, who is behind me — the mother of Roxbury. I also stand on the shoulders of so many others like the great Mel King whose mayoral campaign I volunteered on, and elected leaders like the late Doris Bunte, District Attorney Rachel Rollins and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. Women shattered glass ceilings and helped make this moment possible.

When I was sworn in as the first Black and first woman mayor of Boston, I talked about how far our city has come, but also

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