The first BLACK mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, an office he held from 1974 to 1982 and again from 1990 to 1994. During his tenure he previously to cope with heightened racial stress as well as the Atlanta Kid Murders that happened from 1979 to 1981. He sang in the Morehouse University Glee Membership while participating in the historically dark university. He was mayor of Atlanta when the town was chosen to end up being the host town for the 1996 Summer months Olympic Video games. He married the air web host Valerie Richardson in 1980. He was the mayor of Atlanta when Wayne Williams was imprisoned for the Atlanta Kid Murders.