I was so inspired yesterday by Oprah’s speech and conversation with Stacey Abrams who is running for governor of GA where I was born and raised 💃🏽.
A long history here filled with hurt and deep pain.
I love this picture of my grandmother, Lucy Mae Melson. She represents what is possible even in the trying difficult times in our country. She was a trailblazer! She was a teacher here in the Deep South when schools did away with segregation in schools. I could not imagine the tension on that day not many years ago in her classroom in rural GA.
She went to college at Clark Atlanta University and saw people like Mary Mcleoud Bethune and W.E.B. Dubois on her campus. She got a degree in math when most women of color were not going to college 60 yrs ago. Oprah’s words and Stacey Abram’s dreams for GA were so inspiring. There is a lot of hate here just looking at the comments on local news pages about her is sickening. I will be voting today for sure and thinking of my grandma who died shortly after Obama was elected. She was so happy! I also love this pic of these strong women including Atlanta mayor Keisha Bottoms that gathered here yesterday to rally for votes. Praying that we make history by electing the first black FEMALE governor in the US in my state on Tuesday not just for me but for my daughters as well! 💙 Get out there and vote!!
Love what Oprah said yesterday: “I am here today for Stacey Abrams. I am here today because of the men and the women who were lynched, who were humiliated, who were discriminated against, who were suppressed, who were repressed, and who were oppressed for exercising their right to vote. For everyone who fought for equality at the polls.
And I want you to know that their blood has seeped into my DNA. I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain. I refuse. Don’t let nobody turn you ‘round. You can’t let their sacrifices be in vain – because every single one of us has the same power at the polls." #vote #teamabrams #empowerherinc#empowerherinc
Kara Norman Atlanta Based Women Empowerment Thought Leader and bi-weekly blog contributor.
Kara Norman has been working with Women and Girls for a number of years. Her nonprofit organization Empower Her Inc , have led to many opportunities in the space of making social changes as it deals with women and their many roles in society. You can learn more about Kara Norman and Empower Her Inc. at http://www.empowerherinc.com/