Tag: black women in politics

Unita Blackwell, Civil Rights Activist and the 1st Black Woman to Be Elected a Mayor in Mississippi, Dies at 86

Unita Blackwell in 2001Photo: Associated Press Unita Blackwell, a veteran of the civil rights movement and winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant who was the first black woman to be elected a mayor in the state of Mississippi, has died. She was 86. Blackwell’s son confirmed that she died Monday, according to the Associated Press. Blackwell […]

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Watch: Angela Davis and Ayanna Pressley Lead Black Women in Rally Supporting Ilhan Omar

Activist icon Angela Davis and Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) spearheaded a rally Tuesday in Washington, D.C., of black women in support of besieged Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Davis and Barbara Ransby, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an adviser to the Movement for Black Lives, planned the event, according to […]

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Finding My Voice: With Her New Memoir, Valerie Jarrett Shares the Wisdom of Life’s Many Chapters

Valerie Jarrett poses in front of the conference room that bears her name at the Chicago satellite of The Wing.Photo: Stacey Rupolo (Courtesy of The Wing) On a sunny Saturday morning in one of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods (Fulton Market in the West Loop), passersby may have assumed the long line of mostly millennial-aged women winding […]

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#BlackGirlMagic: A Black Woman’s Set to Make History Today By Being Elected Mayor of Chicago

Chicago mayoral hopefuls Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot at a March 2019 forum.Photo: Associated Press No matter which way the wind blows in Chicago today, voters will make history by electing a black woman mayor. Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, and Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, face off at the polls […]

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What Tennessee—and the Country—Can Learn from London Lamar, the State’s Youngest Black Woman Lawmaker

Tennessee state representative London Lamar addresses the room during the Young Elected Officials Women’s Conference in New York City on Feb. 3, 2019.Photo: Christopher Jason (YEO Women’s Conference 2019) By the time Tennessee representative London Lamar tells me she’s “a softy and a sweet person,” she had already removed all doubt. The ambitious lawmaker—the youngest […]

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Taking the Seat and the Table, Too: What Valuing Black Women in Politics Looks Like

Representative Ilhan Omar and activist Lea Webb pose for a selfie after Omar’s keynote at the Young Elected Officials Women’s Conference in New York on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.Photo: Christopher Jason (Young Elected Officials Network) In a posh ballroom overlooking Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a hushed roomful of state and local elected […]

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What it Means That a Black Woman is Leading Julian Castro’s Campaign For President

Maya Rupert working on her cellphone at Open City Cafe in Washington, D.C. on Friday, February 1, 2019.Photo: Terrell Jermaine Starr/The Root Washington, DC—When Maya Rupert walked into then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro’s office with a tricky problem to solve, she expected some resistance. It was November of 2015, and the agency had […]

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Black Hair Matters: The Affirmative Power of Politicians Like Ayanna Pressley and Stacey Abrams

Photo: Getty When Ayanna Pressley got her Senegalese twists done for the first time about three years ago, it was a moment of affirmation and recognition. “I just really loved it,” she told The Glow Up. “I felt my most authentic and powerful self.” Speaking over the phone this past September, Pressley explained that when […]

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