As America Elects More Black Leaders, Change Remains A Challenge

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 12:42pm
Updated: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 2:06pm

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Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) meet at Emory University in Atlanta on March 19, 2021.

The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis led to racial justice-related protests across the country and an increased level of political activism in big and small cities.

Inspired at least in part by what happened to Floyd, more candidates of color ran for office last year. The recent conviction of former officer Derek Chauvin for Floyd’s death is considered to have the potential to be another milestone. Advocates hope that will lead to more people of color achieving titles like district attorney, county attorney and attorney general.

To learn more about how the killing of George Floyd and the conviction of Derek Chauvin could result in those outcomes, The Show spoke with Quentin James. He is the founder and president of Collective PAC, which supports African-American candidates.

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