‘A Long Time Coming’: Black Women Celebrate Harris’s Ascension

first_img“I’m very proud to be a Black woman, very proud to witness this important time in history given the huge divide that we have in our nation right now,” she said. Ms. Hunter added that she was “encouraged that we can continue to have our little Black girls and other girls of color feel encouraged like they can do whatever they want to do and they can be whatever they want to be.” In Atlanta on Saturday, a celebration was underway on Auburn Avenue, the traditional and spiritual heart of the city’s African-American community. It sits beneath a towering mural of John Lewis, the pioneering civil rights leader who represented Congress for 33 years before his death in July. Some rode up on bicycles and toasted glasses of champagne. Others broke into song.- Advertisement – Rick Rojas and Richard Fausset reported from Atlanta, Audra D. S. Burch from Wilton Manors, Fla., and Evan Nicole Brown from Los Angeles. “It’s opened so many doors for so many little girls who feel like they have been silenced or told they couldn’t be who they are,” said Nikema Williams, who has been elected to succeed Mr. Lewis, as she stood in a parking lot below the mural. “So as a Black woman in politics, this means the world.”Of Mr. Lewis, Ms. Williams said: “I know that he is somewhere doing a happy dance.”Ms. Harris, like Ms. Williams, is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Soon, two dozen other sorority members formed a circle under the mural and burst into one of their sorority’s signature songs:- Advertisement – Hearts that are loyalAnd hearts that are trueBy merit and cultureWe strive and we doThings that are worthwhile …Charisma Deberry, a spokeswoman for the Omega Omicron Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, in San Diego, said Ms. Harris’s victory “validates the American dream for me.” “Throughout my life, I’ve always been teased for being ‘bossy,’ assertive and ‘talking white,” Ms. Deberry said, “because I had big goals and vision for my life. Today, I am proud to be a bossy Black woman. Just like the vice president of the United States, Senator Kamala Harris.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

IMCA RaceSaver Sprints new to Front Row Challenge

first_imgOSKALOOSA, Iowa – IMCA RaceRaver Sprint Cars have been added to the lineup at the Front Row Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa on Monday, Aug. 7.The feature will pay $750 to win, and in Front Row Challenge fashion there will be more contingencies for heat and feature winners. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.The 410 winner of this year’s Front Row Challenge will again bank $20,000, one of the highest one-day payouts in the country. In addition to the big payday, this year’s winner will be awarded a golden ticket to both the Dirt Classic Ohio event at Attica Raceway Park Sept. 1 and 2 and the Dirt Classic 4 on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Lincoln Speedway near Abbottstown, Pa.To purchase tickets or if you have questions, call 515 957-0020 weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information on the Front Row Challenge, visit www.OskyChallenges.com.last_img read more