Photo credits: Christopher Aluka Berry/Reuters
In the U.S. state of Georgia, a well-needed political awakening by black women has taken shape, which is exemplified by the numbers of them in key elected offices and appointed government posts.
For an example, in the Fulton County, Georgia city of South Fulton, black women are appointed to all eight of the chartered municipality’s justice department positions. On May 1, 2018, South Fulton celebrated its first year anniversary as a newly minted Georgian city, the state’s fifth largest.
The Atlanta suburb’s most influential women are Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers, Interim Police Chief Sheila Rogers, Solicitor LaDawn “LBJ” Jones, Public Defender Viveca Famber Powell, Court Administrator Lakesiya Cofield, Chief Court Clerk Ramona Howard, Court Clerk Tiffany Kinslow, and Court Clerk Kerry Stephens.
South Fulton, Georgia’s Big Eight Justice Defenders
Front (L-R): LaDawn Jones, Lakesiya Cofield, Viveca Famber Powell, Interim Police Chief Sheila Rogers. Back (L-R): Clerk Kerry Stephens, Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers, Clerk Ramona Howard, Clerk Tiffany Kinslow. Photo credits: Reginald Duncan, Cranium LLC
Stacey Abrams: A Black Woman Focused On Making National History
In addition to the eight black women who are administrating the judicial system of an entire city in a deep red state inside the South, another alluring black woman has her eyes on shattering the walls and ceiling of a well-barricaded environment that has seemed off-limits to black women in America: The office of State Governor.
No black woman in U.S. history has ever held the office. However, Stacey Abrams (pictured at the top) is a gubernatorial candidate in Georgia who is gunning for the highest executive office in her state.
Abrams, 44, was recently profiled in TIME Magazine and conducted an exclusive interview with the long-running national news publication.
The well-spoken lawyer and politician knows a thing or two about making history. In 2010, Abrams was elected to the position of house minority leader in the Georgia State Legislature. She was the first woman ever to lead a caucus in the Georgia House of Representatives or the Georgia State Senate.
Abrams has a solid chance to become Georgia’s next governor if registered Democratic voters paint the state blue. Her campaign committee has not done too bad raising funds either. Team Vote Abrams brought in almost $3 million dollars from April 1 to June 30 of this year.
“I know talent when I see it. I see somebody who campaigns authentically, has character and integrity, is resilient and graceful, and who is able to take the long view and ignore a lot of noise,” said former senior adviser to Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett about Abrams, according to TIME.
Another phenomenal woman is representing the state known for its peaches. Dr. Maya Angelou would be proud.