Archive for August 2018

Ida’s Legacy highlights the political journeys of four outstanding African-American women candidates during its “Legacy & Libations” summer mixer event

There are more black women running for local, state and federal offices than ever before in history. Four Chicago area women, who decided it was their turn, will take part in a discussion of their journeys as candidates for congress, attorney general, cook county commissioner and alderman Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, at Truth Italian Restaurant, 56 E.…

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Hillary Clinton

“It’s not enough to thank black women, we need to support black women,” said Hillary Rodham Clinton, who did just that as keynote speaker for the first Ida’s Legacy luncheon, a fundraiser for electing the next generation of progressive African-American candidates. Read more at StreetWise.

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Honors, at Last, for Ida B. Wells, ‘a Sword Among Lions’

Born in slavery in Mississippi in 1862, Wells grew up during Reconstruction, when constitutional rights were extended to formerly enslaved African-Americans. Black men participated in electoral politics throughout the former Confederacy. Wells took up her career as a journalist during a time “when the possibilities of racial inclusiveness and the power of unified, collective action were palpable,” the biographer Paula Giddings writes in “Ida:…

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