Black women are stepping up to take leadership roles, and we are using our voices and our votes to determine major elections because we know what is at stake. As I reflect on the many she-roes who influenced me and have made an imprint on our country and the world, and I am humbled to have received two honors myself this month. First, just last week I learned that Black Women for Positive Change decided to endorse my campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives representing Maryland’s 7th District. It means everything to me to have this vote of confidence from a national group of black women who share the same values I do. Their work here in Baltimore is changing lives and I am proud to work alongside them.
Also, earlier in the month I was featured in the April issue of Upscale Magazine. Along with 11 other dynamic black women — each inspiring, awesome and accomplished in her own right —I was invited to share my own story. Asked to share why I chose a career in politics and policy, I explained that I do this work because I am deeply committed to having government work as it should, to fulfill its promise to the American people. I’m excited to share the full piece below: