“The Sunday Political Brunch” – January 18, 2015 by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis
“The Sunday Political Brunch” — January 18, 2015
“Tim Scott” – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), is part of a small, but growing group of African-American conservatives taking office around the country. After growing up in poverty, Scott, age 49, has already spent 20 years in elective office at the local, state and national level from
“Cory Booker” – The only other African-American in the U.S. Senate is Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). Booker was the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey for seven years, when he won a special election to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Booker’s parents were IBM executives and he graduated from Stanford; was a Rhodes Scholars; and, earned a law degree from Yale. At 45, he is considered a rising star in the national Democratic Party.
“Mia Love” – Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) is a Tea Party conservative in her first term in Congress. She previously served as Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and prior to that served on the
“Anthony Foxx” – Foxx is currently U.S. Secretary of Transportation, after serving two terms as Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to that, he served two terms on the City Council. He’s just 43, a
“Kamala Harris” – The two-term Attorney General of California, is also the former District Attorney of San Francisco. She is one of a growing number of mixed-racial candidates for office who draw from many constituencies. Harris is of Asian and black ancestry. Her father was from
“Greg Moore” – African-Americans have done well in the media business over the years. One of the most experienced and influential black journalists in the country is Greg Moore, Editor of the Denver Post. He also served in similar roles at the Boston Globe and Cleveland Plain Dealer. While in
“Harris Faulkner” – The Fox News anchor and host is one of the most prominent female African-American journalists in the country. The daughter of a U.S. Army pilot, Faulkner’s frequent moves probably prepared her for a transient life in television. She held reporter and anchor positions in
“Daymond John” – You know him now as one of the would-be investors on the hit ABC-TV show, “Shark Tank,” but Daymond John’s rise to billions is an inspiring rags-to-riches story. Basically he and some friends started designing and making wool hats, when they thought a popular brand was way over-priced. They made their own hats and sold them for half the competitor’s price outside of a stadium. That’s how the FUBU fashion brand was launched. Twenty-three years later the sales are in the billions, and John continues to work with, and inspire young entrepreneurs, many in African-American communities.
“Why All of this Matters” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., famously longed for a day in the future saying, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!” The emergence of new generations of leaders – and people of accomplishment in so many different fields – is an indication that his dream continues to come true for many.
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