Former FAMU classmates proud of Atlanta mayor-elect

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 13, 2017

Keisha Lance Bottoms

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- From a determined student at FAMU to the new mayor of the City of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms' former classmates and friends are reflecting on their time together.

"She is a Rattler and I am a Rattler. I don't know that we can be more proud," said Tallahassee resident, Cecka Rose Green.

Green is excited to see fellow Rattler, Keisha Lance Bottoms, elected as Atlanta's next mayor.

"When she was elected to the city council there, of course, that was a proud moment. But, to have her as the mayor elect of one of the largest cities in the country and know that she is a Delta and more importantly, she is a Rattler, is just beyond probably a dream for many alums of FAMU," Green said.

Green was Bottoms' big sister in Delta Sigma Theta sorority at FAMU.

"Keisha was a lot of fun. But, she was definitely focused. Very focused on school and what her first job was here, and that was to get out of school so that she could move through and be a greater asset to not only her state, but to the country," Green said.

Heidi Otway was Bottoms' classmate in the School of Journalism at FAMU.

"I just remember her being sharp, smart, go-getter type-A. We were trying to get out of school on time and start our careers. She was just a joy to be around; very nice," said Otway.

Green says she heard a national morning radio show deejay claim Bottoms didn't stand a chance in the election.

She said, "I just felt so good the next morning, going 'Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah. You guys were wrong.'"

"I am not surprised by her success. When we were students, she was very diligent, very focused, very smart, very bright. So, am I surprised? No. Do I expect her to do greater things? Absolutely," Otway said.

Green says she wouldn't doubt it if Rattlers from Tallahassee and across the country attended the inauguration in Atlanta in January.

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