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Black History Month Wrap-up

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Since 2024 is a leap year, we get an extra day of Black History Month. To mark this special date we’ve collected the five Black History Moments we’ve sent out this month in our weekly email newsletters. Special thanks to Chief Administrative Officer Jeff Bell for curating this collection!

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Week 1: Michelle Obama

“They’re hoping that you’ll stay home so that they can make these important decisions for you.”

Michelle Obama | former First Lady of the United States
This is why we’re hitting the ground running, endorsing talented candidates and supporting their hard work to get elected in this battleground election year. Our underserved communities know what they need. Let’s help them get the leadership they deserve to build political power and bring about change that moves everyone forward.

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Week 2: Amanda Gorman

“If we merge mercy with might, and might with right,

Then love becomes our legacy,

And change, our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better

than the one we were left.”

Amanda Gorman | The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country


We picked this quote from our favorite poet as a valentine to the future that we’re building today.

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Week 3: Martin Luther King, Jr.

“So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote, I do not possess myself, I cannot make up my mind – it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped to enact – I can only submit to the edict of others.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. | “Give Us the Ballot,” May 1957

This quote is inspires us as we head into primary season and look ahead to the looming elections in the coming months.

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Week 4: Fannie Lou Hamer

“The only thing they could do to me was to kill me. And it seemed like they’d been trying to do that a little bit at a time ever since I could remember.”

Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977)
American voting and women’s rights activist, community organizer, and a leader in the civil rights movement.

She accomplished so much with so little. And she was a genius about our precious right to vote. She’s pictured speaking at the Democratic National Convention in 1964. Read all about her here.

Because of her, we forge ahead.

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Bonus: Keith Ellison

“Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.”

Keith Ellison | Minnesota Attorney General,
Former US House of Representatives, Minnesota

A Closing Thought

“One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

Plato | c. 427-348 BCE

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