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MISSION COMPLETE! “Periodt!”

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If you thought the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, the country’s first-ever Black president was historic and unimaginable, many will vow that there’s no feeling to describe the magnitude of the recently announced presidential victory. After days of waiting for what felt like an eternity, the American people have spoken, and the long-awaited United States presidential election results are in; we have a new chief headed to the White House along with his history making vice-president. President-Elect Joe Biden WILL BE the 46th president of the United States and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, WILL BE the first woman ever, and first Black and Asian American to hold the second highest office in the land.

After these last four years of what many felt was suppression and division of a country under the presidency of #45, this election was historic on so many levels. This election sought the most votes ever cast in United States history; at 78, Joe Biden will be the oldest person to assume the presidency. In some states Biden surpassed the number of votes received by Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 when they ran; and Kamala Harris is the first woman ever to fill the office of vice-president.

Images of flooded streets with droves of people dancing and celebrating immediately after the Biden win was announced gives some citizens a feeling that hope has been renewed; however, we can’t be naïve to the reality that this country is still extremely divided and hate and racism are more evident now than in the past. We are also aware that the current president and an abundance of his supporters are unwilling to accept his loss and have plans to further push false narratives about this election being stolen.

A lot needs to happen in order to repair the state of this great country, and based on the promises of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris they are ready to get down to the business of restoring our faith in democracy, fighting the Coronavirus, and healing and uniting America. May God Bless America.

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Where Will You Be For History?

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 marks the day for the 59th Inaugural Ceremony. This historical event has been witnessed by Americans for over 200 years. The moment marks the transition of power for the President and Vice President of the United States. From the first Inauguration of George Washington, in New York City, in 1789, to the present, the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies, the Swearing-In Ceremonies represent both national renewal and continuity of leadership. Several Inaugurations have held great importance and significance including the swearing in of Barack Hussein Obama II, the 44th President of the United States, but what makes this year’s inauguration so remarkable? Well, as we reflect on the current time we are in; a divided nation where hate is at the forefront of the actions of many American citizens, COVID has devastated the population, historic election voting percentages have reigned, the inaugural events are closed to the public, and where gender and race have for far too long been the basis as to why some have been denied opportunities to fulfill “positions of power,” this milestone marks another step towards us becoming “one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.” Kamala Harris already made history when she was elected as the first Black and South Asian woman elected Vice President, however January 20, 2021 her role will be official and she will officially be Madame Vice President.

The ceremony traditionally begins with a procession to the capitol beginning about 11:00 ET. Harris will be sworn in first by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and Latina Justice appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. (She was nominated by President Barack Obama.). Joe Biden will be sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts followed by remarks from both.

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A New Chief In Charge

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Less than two weeks into the new year and after the insurrection chaos on Capitol Hill, the US Capitol Police has appointed a new chief. Yogananda Pittman was appointed the acting police chief after former Chief Steven Sund resigned after criticism and calls for his resignation due to the many failures and ill planning and handling of security against the pro-Trump rioters that invaded the US Capitol. Pittman will be the first woman and first Black person to head the Capitol Police. Previously, she served as an assistant chief.

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2021 History Makers

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by LaNell Taylor

We’re just seven days into the new year and although political chaos has turned deadly (US Capital takeover), the COVID virus is still running rampant throughout most of the world, history makers are already taking their place in the record books.

Right here in Bexar County, TX, San Antonio’s very own Kathryn Brown was sworn in at midnight on Jan. 1 taking on her role as Bexar County Constable, Precinct 4. She is the first-ever Black woman to serve in the county. Brown defeated her Republican opponent Larry Ricketts. Brown is a 19-year veteran of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, a mother of two, and a cancer survivor.

Tia McWilliams made history as the first African American woman sheriff of Taliaferro County in rural Georgia. McWilliams is also a mother of two and has been with the sheriff’s office for over 19 years. She was elected in November 2020 and will replace retired Sheriff Marc Richards.

On Tuesday, January 5th Reverend Raphael Warnock won the runoff and was elected Georgia’s first black senator. When he is sworn in later this month, he’ll be the 11th Black person to serve in the US Senate, but the first Black Democrat to represent a southern state in the Senate. (Other non southern states Black Democrat Senators were Barack Obama, Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Carol Mosely Braun, Roland Burris, and William “Mo” Cowan). Warnock beat the GOP incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Warnock is a native of Georgia, graduate of Morehouse College, the 11th of 12 children, the first in his family to graduate college, and he’s the senior pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached.

These groundbreaking success stories are just the beginning of many great moments to come. After a tumultuous year of uncertainty, grief, and some feelings of hopelessness, for at least a brief period we can be assured that more opportunities and doors will continue to open for Blacks to become the firsts but definitely not the last.   

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