The 2020 election has been unlike anything this country has seen, but that can be a positive if you look at the election the right way. Here are some of the Black American men and women that made history in the 2020 election.
Cori Bush, Missouri’s 1st Congressional District (D)
It took three tries, but nurse and Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush became the first Black congresswoman in Missouri’s history. Bush, a 44-year-old mother of two, has defeated her two challengers, Republican Anthony Rogers and Libertarian Alex Furman, receiving just under 80% of the vote.
In her acceptance speech, Bush told her supporters she loves them and will fight for them.
“Your Congresswoman-elect loves you and I need you to hear that because if I love you, I care that you eat, if I love you, I care that you have shelter and adequate, safe housing. If I love you, I care that you have clean water and clean air and you have a livable wage. If I love you, I care that the police don’t murder you. If I love you, I care that you make it home safely.”
Ritchie Torres, New York’s 15th Congressional District (D)
Former New York City Council member Richie Torres, who came out in 2005, has become the first openly gay Black and Latino Congressman winning the 15th district in the Bronx, defeating Republican Patrick Delices by receiving almost 90% of the vote. With the win, Torres also becomes the youngest elected official in NYC.