This week our strategy team researched the connections between African-Americans and politics!
“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” – Thurgood Marshall, first African-American U.S. Supreme Court member
Blacks Have Made Gains in U.S. Political Leadership but Gaps Remain
Data from the past 50 years reveal the upward yet uneven trajectory of black political leadership in America. In 1965, there were no blacks in the U.S. Senate, nor were there any black governors. And only six members of the House of Representatives were black. As of 2019, there is greater representation in some areas – 52 House members are black, putting the share of black House members (12%) on par with the share of blacks in the U.S. population overall for the first time in history. But in other areas, there has been little change (there are three black senators and no black governors).
Source: Pew Research
A New Project Will Have Black College Students Look for Racist Imagery in Politicians’ Yearbooks
A group of activists from Richmond has put together a GoFundMe to pay students from historically black colleges and universities to go through yearbooks and look for evidence of “racist behavior and imagery” on the pages of present-day Virginia state officials and candidates for public office. Community organizer Chelsea Higgs Wise and another activist, Bob Bland, had the idea for this project on Monday; as of Friday morning, the GoFundMe had raised about $6,000 of its $10,000 goal
This PAC is Raising $12 Million to get Black Politicians Elected in 2020
The growing Collective PAC is turning its attention and growth strategy to get more black politicians elected at the local, state, and federal level during the 2020 election.
The upstart group, founded by husband-and-wife team Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James, made headlines during the November midterm elections by spending nearly $2 million on TV ads to boost the black voter turnout in Florida. That effort assisted Andrew Gillum in his crusade to become the state’s first black governor. “That was significant because it was the most money that a black-led organization has given during a primary election,” Stefanie Brown James says. All told, the Collective raised an impressive $6.5 million to support black candidates during the 2018 election.
Source: Black Enterprise