Then-thirty two year old Braxton Winston was photographed in one of 2016’s most memorable images: a young, shirtless Black man standing directly in front of heavily armed police officers dressed in riot gear.
One arm was raised defiantly to the sky. His fist was tightly clenched.
Fast forward to 2017 and Winston is set to join the incoming freshman class of the Charlotte City Council.
He’ll be joined by the city’s first-ever Black female mayor, Vi Lyles.
Winston will take power more than a year after demonstrations protesting the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a Black Charlotte man.
Scott’s shooting was the latest in a series of police shootings across the country involving local law enforcement and Black men–most of whom were unarmed.
In a controversial decision, Scott’s shooting was later ruled justified by officials.
Braxton Winston, Vi Lyles, and the additional winning Council candidates will be sworn in on December 4th.
Congratulations and much luck to Braxton Winston and Ms. Vi Lyles as well.