Breanna Edwards of The Root is reporting a history making event at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Three black women are in the top leadership positions, which is a first in the history of the convention. Edwards writes:
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) took her place as chair of the Democratic National Convention, and although the role was unexpected, NBCBLK notes, the Ohio congresswoman made a point to open with a call for unity and respect.
“We’re all Democrats and we need to act like it,” Fudge said Monday, vowing a “different kind of convention than the one we saw last week.”
Fudge is one of three black women who are currently running the DNC; she is joined by Donna Brazile who is acting as interim Democratic National Committee chair, and Leah Daughtry, the CEO of the convention.
‘We have three black women now running this convention: Rep. Marcia Fudge, Donna Brazile and Leah Daughtry,’ Melanie Campbell, president of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation, told NBCBLK.
According to the site, back in November, Daughtry—who first led the convention as CEO in Denver in 2008—had promised ‘the most diverse and the most forward-looking convention that we’ve had in recent history.’
And, as all accounts go, Fudge is rising to her new role.
‘I know there are many of you in this room who don’t know me,’ Fudge said, addressing the thousands of delegates gathered for the Democratic convention. ‘I intend to be fair, I want to hear the varying opinions here. I’m gong to be respectful of you, and I want you to be respectful of me.’
Fudge told NBC News that she was prepared for her role.”
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