In front of an energized intergenerational and multi-racial crowd, Brandon Johnson was officially sworn in as Chicago mayor. During his inaugural address, he affirmed his commitment to his progressive vision and turning Chicago into a city that works for all people.
“I am truly humbled to stand before you as the 51st mayor of the greatest city in the world,” said Mayor Johnson. “As history has shown us, when we come together we show up with the belief of what united us and how powerful our differences are, and those differences are what makes us the amazing city that we are. There is no limit to what we can achieve when we do it together. And we can, and we will deliver for every single person in the City of Chicago.”
Mayor Johnson also advocated for working together to improve education in Chicago Public Schools.
“Let’s create a public education system that resources children based on need and not just on numbers. Where every single child in every neighborhood, whether they fill out an application or not, whether they are bilingual or not, special needs or not, has access to a world-class education,” said Johnson. “Let’s have a system that respects its parents, educators, and school employees. Where the president of the Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73 and the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools can work together to advocate for more resources for all of our children.”
“Brandon Johnson has the vision to turn Chicago into a city that works for all working class families,” said Local 73 President Dian Palmer. “He has consistently stood with workers, people of color, and other marginalized communities. Today, our city enters a new chapter with hope and dignity.”
Additionally, all 50 city council members, City Clerk Anna Valencia, and City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin were also sworn in during the inauguration ceremony.
The ceremony featured performances from Muntu Dance Theatre and a rendition of the Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago.