Is Jack Young Baltimore’s new Du Burns? Two grassroots East Baltimore leaders rise to become Mayor

By Hassan Giordano

(BALTIMORE – May 10, 2019) – In 1987, a black man from the streets of East Baltimore rose to become Baltimore City’s first African American mayor. A locker room attendant at Dunbar High School, Clarence ‘Du’ Burns rose through the ranks of the city council before being elected by his council colleagues as the city’s first black council president, before ascending to the city’s highest political office.

Yesterday, Bernard ‘Jack’ Young, another black man from the streets of East Baltimore, was officially sworn-in as the city’s 51st Mayor. A file clerk and cafeteria worker for the powerful Johns Hopkins University, Young followed a similar path to the city’s top post, from councilman to council president to becoming the city’s most powerful politician promising to get back to the basics of city service. READ IN FULL