SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) – London Breed’s ascent from a childhood in poverty just blocks from City Hall, to standing on the brink of becoming the first African American woman to serve as San Francisco mayor was a sight that brought some African American residents to tears Wednesday.
“It’s very emotional. Very emotional,” said Breed’s longtime friend Amelia Ashley-Ward, “London Nicole Breed from the hood, the ghetto, all obstacles against her, she fought her way out of it.”
Many say Breed has shown the community what someone from humble beginnings can do. The photo on Breed’s campaign website shows her with her grandmother who raised her in the former Plaza East public housing in the city’s Western Addition neighborhood.