For Colored Girls in Politics

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics
October42018

Veteran political strategist and campaign manager Donna Brazile didn’t mince words when asked to give her advice for young women starting out in politics today.

“They better know how to stand their ground and speak up … because no one should define us based on our gender.”

Brazile’s call to action came as part of a recent discussion hosted by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, spotlighting four black women who have dedicated their careers to political activism and public service.

Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore—in a lively discussion moderated by attorney and journalist Star Jones—shared stories about politics, mentorship and life lessons, as recounted in their new book, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics.

The book—launched Oct. 2—provides a unique, behind-the-scenes look at American politics by its four co-authors, who have worked on the presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. The women also tell personal stories of their work with historical figures, including Nelson Mandela, Dorothy Height and Coretta Scott King.

“Often the lives and leadership of black women are overlooked and undervalued,” said Cheryl Johnson, director of the Smithsonian’s Office of Government Relations, introducing the panel. “The history and culture of African American women is not a separate story, but is key to understanding who we are, as a people and country.”

 

 

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Image Credit: Macmillan Publishers

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