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Stacey Abrams Gives Georgia a little Black Girl Magic

Women across the country are breaking glass ceilings, and the country could see their first African American woman governor with the Georgia Democrats nominee selection, Stacey Abrams.
Recently we have seen African American women in politics take over and being elected to high profile positions. In 2016, Baton Rouge saw this first hand when the city selected the first woman, an African-American woman at that, with Mayor Sharon Weston-Broome. Just down I-10, New Orleans elected their first African-American female mayor, LaToya Cantrell, in 2017. Now Georgia is getting a taste of the “Black Girl Magic.”
On May 22, Stacey Abrams made history as the first African American woman to be selected by Georgia Democrats to be a nominee for governor. In fact, she is the first African American to be nominated for this position in Georgia, beating out her Caucasian opponent, former state legislator, Stacey Evans. The history-making isn’t done there, Abrams is also the first woman to be a major party nominee for governor in the United States.
Abrams vision is to build a stronger, brighter Georgia. Yet if she wins she is helping to build stronger, brighter future for women in America, showing that women can and will have a seat at the table. Abrams is also bringing hope to Democrats in a state that has had Republicans holding every office statewide since 1998.
“The future is bright for Democrats in the Deep South,” Abrams tweeted after being selected. It seems the Democrats in Georgia have been searching for their soul for years due to the lack of representation in statewide offices, but their representation could be found in Abrams.

There is more to Abrams than a politician. She is a graduate of Spelman and Yale Law School and is the co-founder of NOW Account, a financial services firm that helps small businesses grow. She also founded the New Georgia Project that registered more than 200,000 voters of color between 2014 and 2016. If that wasn’t enough for her plate, Abrams is an award-winning author. She has eight romantic suspense novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery. A BOSS in every sense of the word.
“We are writing the next chapter of Georgia’s future, where no one is unseen, no one is unheard, and no one is uninspired,” Abrams told her supporters.
Her approach in turning Georgia into a blue state is not to try and bring back the rural whites that have over the years changed parties but to light a fire under the young and nonwhite Georgians in the state. The population within the state is shifting, attracting more immigrants and becoming a capital of black America.
Abrams is off to a great start, however, with endorsements from Senators Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey, former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
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Could we see a movement in “Stand with Stacey” as we did when former President Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” campaign when he was running for office? Getting the young and minorities out to the polls will be key. They are the next generation. Whatever it is, it will be interesting to watch how the state of Georgia will embrace this Black Girl Magic and make history in the election on Nov. 6.

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