As a black woman in this day and age, I have been inspired by many black women in the arts, sports, political and business worlds. Some of these women I know personally. Others are celebrities I have admired from a distance. Seeing many of these women thrive in their sphere of influence, has pushed me to be a better me and embrace the gifts and callings God has for my life. One person in particular who I have admired from a distance and been influenced by from a servant leadership perspective is Stacey Abrams. Stacey Abrams is a woman of faith, activist, lawyer, author and former Georgia State representative.
In 2018, she ran for Georgia State Governor and was the first African American female majority party gubernatorial nominee in the United States. Although she did not win the election, this spawned her into becoming known for protecting the rights of voters which resulted in an increased voter turnout in the State of Georgia for the 2020 Presidential Election.
I am amazed by her tenacity to fight for others in the midst of racial injustice and political unrest. Her poise in the midst of ridicule and opposition is one that exudes godly courage and resilience. When I think of Stacey as a leader, I think of how she operates from a fearless approach. Her ability to win and achieve major milestones in overcoming voter suppression in a predominantly white male-dominated industry gives hope to every woman that they can be heard and continue to stand up for what is right, regardless of what others may think, say or do. She’s had the opportunity to give up, but she didn’t. In fact, she is now running for Governor again in the 2022 gubernatorial election.
She’s extremely resilient.
My prayer is that we all strive to be fearless leaders who press on for the greater good of others in our community, no matter the circumstance, no matter what obstacles come our way.