March 6, 2020 – Georgia Politician Stacey Abrams was the guest speaker at a Black History Celebration on Monday, March 2, hosted by the Black Student Union (BSU) of Roswell High School.
Abrams, a 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, is an advocate for free and fair elections, and discussed the importance of voting and celebrating Black History. She addressed the audience and engaged in a Q&A session with audience participation.
In her remarks, Abrams discussed her time growing up in Georgia and her work in the state’s political arena.
“I grew up in a community that didn’t see me, but I grew up in a family that believed in me,” she explained.
Abrams urged new voters and those who are registered to vote but may have skipped voting in previous elections to make their voices heard.
“Voting is power,” she said. “We have to work together to make democracy work.
Following her loss in the Gubernatorial election in 2018, Abrams launched several voting initiatives, including Fair Fight 2020.
“While I didn’t get the job I wanted I’ve been privileged to do the work just the same,” she said.
The Black Student Union is an organization founded to serve as a safe haven for African Americans to grow and succeed while establishing a strong presence in the community through service. The organization has over 25 members and is active in community events.
“I wanted to host and plan this event this evening because often times African American History is limited to one paragraph in history books,” explained Senior Roswell High School student Michael Henderson, president of Roswell High School’s BSU organization. “Our stories are unheard. Therefore, I felt that this event could be a vehicle to educate our Roswell community about our significant contributions to America.
“Along with that, as the state of Georgia is approaching our election date, we felt that it would be perfect to have a powerhouse like Stacey Abrams come and speak to us about the importance of voting and Black History,” said Henderson.
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