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Mother of Murdered Black Teen Wins Georgia House Seat

"I was looking beyond my own tragedy," Lucy McBath said.

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Winning in a district with affluent white voters as the majority, Lucy McBath was advised initially during her campaign not to talk about the details of her 17-year-old son's murder.

Instead, she not only mentioned Jordan Davis' story, she also called attention to the reality of other Black teens like him, including Trayvon Martin.

McBath, a Democrat, defeated Republican incumbent Karen Handel who had been elected to represent Georgia's 6th Congressional District just last year.


"I'm risking my son's legacy for the people of this district," McBath said on the campaign trail.

"What I'm doing today is still mothering his legacy," Ms. McBath said last month. "I'm extending what I would do for my son to my community."

Running on a strong position of gun control in gun-friendly Georgia, and a region with the highest rates of gun ownership, she was endorsed by gun-reform groups Giffords and Everytown for Gun Safety (Moms Demand Action is its grassroots arm), EMILY's List and Planned Parenthood.

McBath became familiar with the laws on gun control and Florida's Stand Your Ground law, because of Jordan's murder. She lobbied lawmakers on Capitol Hill, told her story to media, and became a spokesperson for Moms Demand Action.

"I'm still a mother. I'm still parenting. That's why I believed this was the time to stand up," McBath said.

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Jordan was shot dead for playing loud music by a white man, and two trials and two years after his death, a jury convicted him of first degree murder.

Rarely do convictions happen in the murders of young Black men, and #whileBlack instances continue to happen, threatening the safety of the Black community on a daily basis in this country.

Touting the Parkland shooting was the final push to get her into the Congressional race, she said, "For me, I was looking beyond my own tragedy, looking for the other tragedies that were most definitely going to happen if I didn't keep talking about this crisis."

"I knew that I could no longer sit on the sidelines, while the politicians in the pocket of the gun manufacturing lobby decide the future of our gun laws," McBath wrote on her campaign site.

Nse Ufot, executive director of the New Georgia Project, said of McBath's candidacy,"seems right on time for parents of school-aged kids concerned about losing kids to gun violence."

Ufot's group has registered more than 250,000 Black and Latino voters in the state in recent years.

Running in the same state as Stacey Abrams, who set her eyes on being the first Black governor of Georgia, McBath will be the first person of color to head the 6th district.

This is just not your grandfather's Georgia," Alabama-based Democratic pollster Zac McCrary told HuffPost last month, adding that the state was "becoming more Democratic by the day."

Andrew Gillum Campaign Readies for Recount

"I, like so many others, hoped beyond hope that we'd be able to [have a] recount," Sili Recio, a community organizer in Orlando, told DiversityInc.

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Tallahassee mayor, Andrew Gillum, conceded the race for governor at 11 p.m. on Tuesday. Gillum lead a masterful campaign. The margins were incredibly close. So close that the community gathered, along with his camp, to ensure that he could get a recount, and, as of Thursday, it's headed in that direction.

The initial call to action, which began at 10 a.m. on Thursday, was to cure issues with provisional ballots because of the sheer number of them. With the Bill Nelson/Rick Scott Senate race so close, as well, it was imperative that every vote be counted.

A campaign office in Orlando was one of the main locations where volunteers showed up to help in every capacity. People that worked directly on the Gillum campaign were there as well Nelson supporters. There were well over 400 volunteers across the building's threshold.

Volunteers putting in the workPhoto courtesy of Sili Recio

How did all of this happen so quickly?

It was the power of social media.

A bright, creative social media director/ influencer of a nonprofit organization with a grassroots community organizing background, Sili Recio, was a main player at the Orlando location.

Recio was crucial in creating social media awareness so the people who voted via provisional ballots would truly have the opportunity to have their votes counted.

"I showed up to volunteer in whatever capacity I was needed in. Social media is my specialty so, I started by coordinating for some images to be created in order to get the word out and provide those that had voted via provisional ballot with the information they needed in order to ensure that their ballot was cured," Recio told DiversityInc.

"I bounced around from initially thinking I'd go knock on doors and provide voters with affidavits, if needed, to phone banking and leading the charge of attempting to find the provisional ballot voters on social media. I called it creative locating and my defacto social media team did a fantastic job in going through the list and doing everything in their power to make sure that people knew what had to be done in order for their vote to count."

Recio added, "I, like so many others hoped beyond hope that we'd be able to recount Gillum as well. I didn't know how it was to be done but, I'm glad it got handled."

An unnamed supporter at the office, a gentleman who was undergoing chemotherapy, stood out among volunteers. Despite his physical condition, he shared a message of hope, persistence and love. He said this was too monumental of a movement to miss.

His inspiring effort became even more incredible when he shared all eight pages of the late Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech with the rest of the group.

Another volunteer, Sabrina, put in hours of work. Ironically, she didn't even live in Orlando. Sabrina had just flown in for a conference, heard about what was being done with reference to call to action and drove to the site straight from the airport.

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