I’m really focused on trying to focus at least at first on living people who are changing our future. And for today, I’d like to focus on Stacey Abrams. Let me begin by saying that Stacey Abrams was ROBBED from being our governor. He opponent, Governor Brian Kemp, was Secretary of State at the time. The Secretary of State oversees elections. We have a SERIOUS problem with voter suppression in this state. In fact since the state has turned “Blue.” Our state legislators are currently passing new laws to amp up voter suppression. Stacey Abrams was the first female, and the first black person to run for governor in GA.
But Stacey Abrams did not abandon us during the presidential election. Instead she registered 800,000 new voters, mostly minorities and flipped the Senate to a democratic majority. Stacey Abrams continues to fight the system. She works for Georgians every day. In February 2019, Abrams became the first Black woman to deliver a response to a presidential State of the Union address.
I don’t have a personal story about Stacey Abrams other than I behaved like a caged lunatic every time her people campaigned in my neighborhood. I would shout, “THANK YOU FOR CAMPAIGNING!” out the window when they walked by. They were here every day. Rain or shine. Getting chased by dogs. I literally sprang off my couch and screamed at a child for walking a dog off leash that was attacking a campaigner. In a very hostile environment. THEY. KEPT. SHOWING. UP. I may or may not have cried some days watching them canvass the neighborhood where none of us open our doors or take kindly to strangers. BUT. THEY. PERSISTED.
So today’s Black History Month moment goes to not just Stacey Abrams, but all of those people of all colors who were relentlessly knocking on doors day after day. And who won us the senate. We owe them all our gratitude. On New Year’s Eve, I was kind of already celebrating and went out and gave a woman some gift cards to Starbucks, and a couple of bottles of Proscecco. She was kind of overwhelmed. But she is my real Black History Month hero for today. I just wish I knew her name. SHE DID IT! She made history.