Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were announced as President-elect and Vice President-elect on November 7 and numerous people joined in celebration for a better America. People of color, specifically Black women, felt pride knowing a Black woman could reach the highest level of power. We felt pride because it gave us hope but also, because we made it happen.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard names like Stacey Abrams and Adjoa Asamoah who have been working tirelessly to change our political system for the better. These women and many other Black organizations helped get Black voters to the polls and increased overall turnout.
As a result of that, Georgia turned blue for the first time since 1964. A massive historical moment for our country and Georgia, who previously voted Republican only. The new President-elect, Joe Biden won George with just over 14,000 votes. A lot of this victory is all thanks to former Georgia Representative Stacey Abrams.
Abrams, no stranger to the political sector, ran for governor of Georgia in 2018 but lost to Republican Brian Kemp by a small margin that’s speculated to be from voter suppression. Determined to not have that happen again, Abrams devoted hours and hours to ending voter suppression and organizing voters though her organization, Fair Fight.
Fair Fight helps promote fair elections. The organization helped flip the state by registering 800,000 new voters since 2018 and a grand 49 percent are people of color and 45 percent are new voters under 30. Abrams also participated in a slew of civic nonprofits to empower constituents to take part in governmental change.
LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund led voters to polls in California, Alabama, Atlanta, Mississippi, Tennessee, and North Carolina. She spent time talking to people one on one in hopes to understand the issues they wanted resolved. In a recent interview in Essence magazine, Brown stated, “when Black voters show up, we impact elections.”
And that is exactly what happened. Black people refused to be silent and showed up and showed out. In numbers: 80 percent of Black men voted for Biden, and 91 percent of Black women vote Democrat. A lot of this, including the outcome of the election, wouldn’t have happened without Black women leading the way. And for that, Black women, we salute you.