Many Americans believe the 2020 election is the most important of their lifetimes, including the many Black men and women who are running for a U.S. Senate seat.
More Black Americans are running in this election than ever before, due to the injustices Black Americans faced every day over the last four years. Now, Black Americans are trying to change the system from the inside.
Here are a few of the five Black men and 13 Black women running for a U.S. Senate seat.
Jaime Harrison (D-S.C.)
If you don’t know the man who has his opponent Lindsey Graham literally begging for money on Fox News, it’s about that time. Harrison, the son of a single, teenage mom, was raised by his grandparents in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Through determination and hard work, he overcame the challenges of poverty with the help of teachers and mentors to attend and graduate from Yale University and Georgetown Law.
Harrison came back to his hometown to teach and set an example of success for young Black children in the community he grew up in. In 2013, Harrison was elected the first African American chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, a position he held until 2017.
Earlier this year Harrison…