Many people who decide to go into politics do so with the intent of making a difference in their community as well as their country. Without a doubt, those who deem to take on the mantle of being a politician and difference maker are seeking a position that comes with great responsibility and accountability. It’s not the typical 9-5 job. In addition to that, running for a political office means countless hours of work, understanding as well as articulating positions on policy, and assembling the best team to get the job done.
Even though we’re leaving in 2017, there are still people who hold dear to the notion that Blacks are not capable of leading. This is seen in business as well as in politics.
The South has been difficult for Blacks to progress no matter what people may say. The ‘good ole boy’ mentality is alive and well. However, there is always the possibility that Blacks can break through the glass ceiling and show the world that Blacks are just as qualified to lead.
In the state of Georgia, Stacy Abrams is seeking to become the first African-American female governor of any state within the United States. Earlier this month, Abrams officially announced her intent to run for governor of Georgia replacing Nathan Deal.
“I’m running right now because Georgia is changing. It is a state that is one of the most diverse in the nation. And that diversity can either be a powerful engine for us or it can cripple our ability to think about ourselves on the broadest and boldest terms,” Abrams said in an interview with theGrio.
Abrams is a Democrat who is representing the new generation of voters.
Emory University political science professor, Andra Gillespie says, “What people like Stacey Abrams are saying is if the state party demographics are changing, and if minorities are the base constituency of the Democratic Party, then it’s important for blacks to be represented amongst the candidates and be represented prominently.”
Just a little about Abrams. She has a B.A. from Spelman College, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Texas, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. In addition to her degrees, she’s an entrepreneur and romance novelist (her pen name is Selena Montgomery)
Let’s face it – becoming the first of anything is no easy feat, however, Abrams is showing the world that she is determined.
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