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Stacey Abrams – Inspiring American Politician And Lawyer

Stacey Abrams is an American politician and lawyer. She served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017. Here are some facts about her:

– She was born in Madison, Wisconsin, but moved to Gulfport, Mississippi, at a young age.

– When she was a kid, she used to read the encyclopedia for fun.

– Her parents thought that education was very important, which was true for the Abrams family. Her siblings jobs include an anthropology professor, a federal judge, an evolutionary biologist, and a social worker. She graduated as a valedictorian in her high school class. Her family still has a book club that meets regularly on a conference call.

– When Stacey was in high school, she and her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, for her parents to go to The Theological Seminary at Emory University. They both became Methodist ministers.

– She went to school at Spelman College. There, she co-created a group named the Students for African American Empowerment. She graduated “magna cum laude” with a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies. She was selected as a Harry S. Truman Scholar, a scholarship awarded to a small amount of public-service-focused students every year. She went on to obtain her Master’s Degree from The University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from Yale University.

– She worked as a tax attorney, for some time. Then, she was nominated as the Deputy City Attorney for Atlanta. In 2006, she was elected to be in the Georgia House of Representatives. Then, in 2010, she became the first African-American woman to be the House Minority Leader, where she advocated for education and economic security. She has also called for criminal justice reform and expanded Medicaid. She created a voter registration non-profit, named The New Georgia Project, which helped to create 86,000 new voter applications, in 2013.

– In 2018, she ran for governor, coming to national attention. Though she lost the race, her candidature was notable in itself. Winning the Democratic Primary in the race, she became the first Female African-American to have a major party nomination to become governor. The race was also notable for a not-so-good reason: voter suppression. Particularly suppressing the African-American voters. She still continues to fight for voter rights and created Fair Fight Action. Fair Fight Action is an organization focused on addressing the problems of voter suppression.

– For her work, she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, Friend of Labor Award, and others. She has also written two books: Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change and Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America. Go check them out!

 

Hannah

Hannah

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