SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco native London Breed became the city’s acting mayor Tuesday following the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee, and is the first African-American woman to lead the city in the midst of a seemingly endless technology driven economic boom.

Breed, 43, is a lifelong San Francisco resident who was raised by her grandmother in the city’s predominantly Black and lower-income Western Addition neighborhood, part of the same district she now represents as a city supervisor. She said she and Lee bonded over their shared experience of growing up in public housing.

“He was from the dawn of his career an advocate for the powerless,” Breed told reporters and a crowd of several hundred city workers who gathered to honor Lee in City Hall.

Breed, like Lee a Democrat, graduated from a San Francisco public high school and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco.

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).

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