Mayor Harris
8 in HIGH x 10 in WIDE
(20.32 cm HIGH x 25.40 cm WIDE)
The Oakland Tribune Collection, the Oakland Museum of California. Gift of ANG Newspapers

People, Politics,Protest & Promise:African Americans in the News

Elihu Harris making his acceptance speech after winning the election to become mayor of Oakland. Harris holding a microphone in one hand and the other arm raised above his head and making a fist. From the Oakland Tribune, November 7, 1990, article titled "Mayor Harris" by Craig Staats: "Assemblyman Elihu Harris, riding a wave of discontent with Oakland's civic leadership, scored a decisive victory over city council member Wilson Riles Jr. last night in their hard-fought Oakland mayor's race. With votes from about half the city's 308 precincts counted, Harris, D-Oakland, held a commanding 56 percent to 44 percent lead over Riles. Harris, an Oakland assemblyman since 1978, joined his followers at a party at the Hyatt Regency Hotel about 11 p.m. to claim his victory. 'We want change in Oakland,' Harris told cheering supporters, 'We're ready for it. People are demanding it. They're going to get it.' Harris, jubilant after the grueling two-year campaign, danced on the stage with wife Kathy Neal to the soul song 'Ain't No Stopping Us Now.'" This photo was not used in the Oakland Tribune.

Used: Oakland Tribune

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