Stacey Abrams tapped into the power of the Black Community. This power resides in every Black Community throughout the United States of America. It is up to us as individuals to decide to work collectively to harness and wield that power.
All of America has learned from the actions of Stacey Abrams that the solutions to the issues of our community come from within our community. We are currently partnered with like-minded organizations in Dauphin County. With your commitment to solving our communities’ issues, we will politically place candidates in seats of power and influence. We will usher in a new era of economic, social, and civil equity for our community and generations to come.
Ten years ago, Barack Obama took office as the first black president of the United States – a proud moment for many Americans. Obama’s election represented another advance in the slow but steady progress blacks have made in recent decades in gaining a greater foothold in political leadership, particularly in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Cabinets of recent presidents. But they have lagged in the Senate and in governorships.
Many blacks view political representation as a potential catalyst for increased racial equality, according to a 2016 Pew Research Center survey. Roughly four-in-ten black adults (38%) said that working to get more black people elected to office would be a very effective tactic for groups striving to help blacks achieve equality. Whites were less likely to view this as an effective way to bring about increased racial equality (24% said it would be very effective).
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).
The share of blacks serving in a presidential Cabinet was at or above parity with the population during the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. But there was only one black Cabinet secretary during Obama’s first term, and the same is true so far in Donald Trump’s administration.
You can only receive equal representation when you are equally represented in positions of power. Black Wall USA is working to build a wall of Politics that will bring about fair change in our communities and our great nation.