Congratulations to Stacey Abrams who is one step closer to becoming America’s first black woman governor. In the state of Georgia, Abrams who was the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, “won Tuesday night’s Democratic gubernatorial primary and is now set to be her party’s nominee in the open race to govern the state.”
Despite Georgia being a red state, Abrams has a good shot to win if the Democratic voter surge can continue. After all who would have thought deep red Alabama would elect a Democrat to the Senate in today’s political climate.
Currently, seeing black women in leadership roles at the state level is rare and something I’m not sure many people recognize. According to Vox, “Right now, there’s Jenean Hampton, the Republican lieutenant governor of Kentucky; Connecticut state Treasurer Denise Nappier; and New Jersey Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver (both Nappier and Oliver are Democrats) — that’s it.” With so many good thing happening on the diversity front, this is just one more to put in the bucket.
The first black governor in American history was Pinckney Pinchback of Louisiana who came into the position during the impeachment process of his predecessor in 1872. The first elected black governor was Lawrence Douglas Wilder of Virginia in 1990. In addition there have only been two non white women elected to the governor position in the United States; Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Nikki Haley of South Carolina, both of which started their positions in 2011.
PS: I didn’t know where to put this but Stacey Abrams is a Spelman College graduate. As a graduate of Morehouse College, I’d like to personally say congratulations and I hope you achieve the success you deserve.