Leaders of Color Represent Historic Gains in Political Representation

In reflecting on our work, it’s critical to also take note of the historic nature of the political wins we have achieved in Memphis, TN and Louisiana in 2022. 

For the first time, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners will have multiple Black women serving in office when they take their seats in Fall 2022. Leaders of Color endorsed or supported three of the five women who won their seats: Erica Sugarmon, Britney Thornton, and Shante Avant. In Memphis, Leaders of Color candidates have been making history since 2018. Sheleah Harris became the first Black woman to win the Shelby County School Board of Commission seat in District 5 in 2020. In November 2020, Marquita Bradshaw became the first Black woman to win the Democratic nomination for Senate in Tennessee. 

In Louisiana, Vanessa LaFleur became the first Black woman to serve in the Louisiana House of Representatives in District 101. A 40-year resident of District 101, Vanessa has dedicated her career to improving the quality of life and economic opportunity not only for residents of District 101, but the entire state of Louisiana. 

It’s time that the elected officials represent the needs, challenges, and opportunities of their communities. 

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