Historically diverse Greensboro council set to tackle racial issues head on

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — When the Greensboro City Council was sworn in earlier this month, it quietly made history.

For the first time ever, the city elected four black council members — Yvonne Johnson, Sharon Hightower, Jamal Fox and Justin Outling.

As the city tackles such issues as racial bias in policing, wage inequity, food deserts and development in east Greensboro, those members say a more diverse council is better equipped to represent all city residents.

“I think sometimes there hasn’t been a majority on council who have had the desire to talk about issues involving race,” Johnson said.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record