Nov 10, 2016
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Statement from National Coalition President Melanie Campbell on the 2016 Presidential Election
As the president of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable, I am proud that millions of Black voters took part in the electoral process, despite barriers and problems to access to the polls. Now we face a period of uncertainty with a President-elect who won his election that appears to have expanded the racial and gender divide in historic fashion. This election has revealed the unfinished business of race in America and also showed that some women, especially white women, were not ready to elect the first woman president of the United States.
We also witnessed several historic victories for women of color and the disabled that included electing the second African-American woman to the U.S. Senate, Kamala Harris, Lisa Blunt Rochester who became the first African-American Congresswoman from Delaware, the election of a heroic wounded veteran Tammy Duckworth and the first openly gay governor, Kate Brown in Oregon.
One thing that is also clear in this moment, is that we as a country need healing and unification.