“There is nothing special about being the only one.”
- Donna Brazile
“You have to have courage when you sit at the table.“
– Minyon Moore
“You have to find the courage to speak out and take charge.”
- Yolanda Caraway
“If you leave a place the same as you found it, you have fallen down on the job.”
- Rev. Leah D. Daughtry
From the start of my political career to now, I have looked up to The Colored Girls (aka The CG) for advice, support, and simple validation that it is possible to exist as a Brown girl in politics. I have been fortunate to be able to learn up close from these remarkable women, seeing their highs and lows, and how they navigate a tumultuous political system.
A few weeks ago I was the co-host for a special conversation with The CG for their new book For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics. During the conversation, the moderator began asking questions about the trails they have blazed at a time when Black women were not heavily visible on the national political scene. I immediately whipped out my phone and set it to record as the question related to our blog series “Belonging” and “Being the Only Brown Girl In the Room”, and I knew I wanted to share the wisdom they were going to impart with our readers.
You can find the video below. I hope you enjoy it.