Last November, when Democratic presidential candidates were still jockeying for the nomination, before the coronavirus pandemic killed more than 250,000 Americans and fervent protests against police brutality swept the nation, Senator Kamala Harris of California appeared before a group of mostly Black women in South Carolina to file officially for the state's critical primary. The event was hosted by Higher Heights for America , one of the largest political groups dedicated to helping Black women win elected office, and it was billed as a chance to have an intimate conversation with Ms. Harris in the midst of her historic run for the Democratic nomination for president. "Black women decide elections," Glynda C. Carr, president and co-founder of Higher Heights , said at the South Carolina forum. "We can decide we are going to elect Black women up and down the ballot." The moment was engineered, in no small part, by an informal collective of Black women from Brooklyn who call themselves the Olori Sisterhood. This sisterhood was born a decade ago, made up of about a dozen women who had grown sick of being excluded from politics despite being told how important Black women were to Democratic candidates. They started… Read full this story
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