News • February 23, 2021

Black Future Month: Honoring Sen. Raphael Warnock

Welcome to #BlackFutureMonth, Equality North Carolina's month-long celebration of Blackness and Black Americans who are collectively transforming the future of American life.

Last week we featured our beloved Vice President Kamala Harris, who has pushed the boundaries of representation for women of color and broken glass ceilings throughout her entire career. Today, we're honoring one of the South's newest U.S. senators to enter the halls of power and shift the course of history in this country, Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock.

The legacy of Senator Warnock is built upon a rich history of Black community organizing throughout the state of Georgia. Warnock has deep roots within his home state, having served as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His meteoric rise in Georgia politics was framed by activism efforts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

In many ways, Warnock's win is the story of a new, progressive South -- a version of the South that's always been here, but obfuscated by the dual forces of voter suppression and gerrymandering. Warnock is the first Black person to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate and the first Black Democrat elected to a senate seat by a former state of the Confederacy.

Warnock's win over Kelly Loeffler was the result of years of tireless organizing in the state of Georgia, led by groups like Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight Action in the effort to fight voter suppression and mobilize communities of color. At Equality North Carolina, we're fighting this same battle every single day in our own state to elevate and support diverse political voices in the face of an oppressive General Assembly.

Without grassroots groups working to mobilize marginalized voters in Georgia, Sen. Warnock would never have been able to win his race this past electoral cycle. ENC is fighting the same fight here in North Carolina -- and we can't do it without your support.

Thank you for supporting our fight for a pro-equality North Carolina. It will take all of us to get there.

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