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Three African American Women Aspire to make history with Senate Victories in 2024

The candidates reflect on shared experiences and determination.

Since its establishment in 1789, over 2,000 individuals have served in the U.S. Senate. However, only 12 of them have been Black, and none have been Black women, making up just three of the total. The prospect of changing this historical pattern is on the horizon, with Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Angela Alsobrooks, Executive of Prince George County, Maryland, and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) all vying for open Senate seats with the aspiration of serving together.

Lee expressed, “It’s about what we bring, what we bring as Black women, that has never been part of the consistent policy debate in the United States Senate, and it’s time.”

Lee recounted a discussion with Moseley Braun, emphasizing the significance of representing diverse views and experiences within the Senate. Lee cited Moseley Braun’s mention of specific health issues unique to African Americans and people of color, such as lupus. Lee underscored the importance of bringing up these issues, as understanding them from one’s background and perspective is crucial. Lee remarked, “What happens with representation is that not only new ideas, new experiences, and new solutions come to the table — but you help strengthen the entire country because we want everyone to be able to participate in this democracy.”

Lee initiated her political journey by working for Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 presidential campaign. She attributes her decision to register to vote to Chisholm, who was the first Black woman elected to Congress.

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