It was 45 years ago that Harold Moss made history in Tacoma. After being the first black man appointed to city council in 1970, he was elected the following year and eventually became the first black mayor of Tacoma in 1994.

“Leadership is something you take. It’s not something bestowed on you,” said Moss at his kitchen table in Tacoma Tuesday afternoon.

But after the recent November election, Mr. Moss no longer holds the title as the only black man elected to Tacoma city council. Keith Blocker was recently elected to represent District 3 in Tacoma: a racially and economically diverse district with low voter turnout.

“I’m so happy that he is elected that the 45 years just kind of melted away. It’s a big deal because of the difficulty. I think people are still hesitant about voting for a black person unless they really get to know them,” said Moss.

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