Alabama's capital city of Montgomery, known as the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected an African-American mayor Tuesday for the first time in the city’s nearly 200-year history.
Reed defeated David Woods, a white television station owner, after the two earned the most votes in a 12-person election in August, the New York Times reported.
"Montgomery is a city with limitless potential, a city that has no limits outside of our imagination," Reed continued.
In his concession speech, Woods said: “We’re just going to go forward and try to support Steven Reed as mayor.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. organized the Montgomery bus boycott, in which Rosa Parks became a symbol of the 1960s civil rights movement.