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12 Things You Need To Know About Stacey Abrams

Updated: Aug 31, 2018

History was made yesterday when Stacey Abrams, a Yale Law School graduate, businesswoman, writer and single black female became the first black woman in the nation to hold a major party’s nomination for governor.

What just happened in Georgia could possibly and quite literally change the face of southern states politics for years to come.

So, who is Stacey Abrams and Why is her party’s nomination so important?

Here are 12 things you need to know about Stacey Abrams.

1. Abrams was raised in Gulfport, Mississippi, as one of six children.

2. As a high school student, Abrams was denied entry at the gates of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion for an event honoring the state’s top students.

3. Abrams attended Avonde High School and was the school’s first African-American valedictorian.

4. At just 17 years of age, Abrams was hired as a speechwriter for a Mississippi congressional campaign.

5. Abrams graduated magna cum laude from Atlanta’s Spellman College with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Political Science, Economics and Sociology).

6. Abrams is the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly.

7. Abrams studied public policy at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs and later earned her J.D. (Law) degree from Yale Law School.

8. Abrams was appointed Deputy City Attorney for Atlanta at the age of 29.

9. Abrams founded NOW Corp. (Nowaccount Network Corporation), a financial services firm and co-founded Nourish, Inc. a beverage company with a focus on infants and toddlers. She is also CEO of Sage Works, a legal consulting firm.

10. Abrams is a published, award winning author under the pen of Selena Montgomery.

11. In 2012, Abrams received the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award from the Kennedy Library and Harvard University's Institute of Politics,

12. EMILY's List recognized Abrams as the inaugural recipient of the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award in 2014.

While it is widely considered a “long shot” for Abrams to break the bright red glare of the Georgia political spectrum, the thought of an Abrams win and what it represents, may just be enough to galvanize an entirely new movement comprising many different groups all with one goal in common. To elect America’s first African American female governor.


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