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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics - Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Minyon Moore - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2019 - 6:00pm</span>

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics

10/19/2019 - 6:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

The four most powerful African American women in politics share the story of their friendship and how it has changed politics in America. The lives of black women in American politics are remarkably absent from the shelves of bookstores and libraries. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics is a sweeping view of American history from the vantage points of four women who have lived and worked behind the scenes in politics for over thirty years—Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore—a group of women who call themselves The Colored Girls. Like many people who have spent their careers in public service, they view their lives in four-year waves where presidential campaigns and elections have been common threads. For most of the Colored Girls, their story starts with Jesse Jackson’s first campaign for president. From there, they went on to work on the presidential campaigns of Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Barack Obama, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

 

Over the years, they’ve filled many roles: in the corporate world, on campaigns, in unions, in churches, in their own businesses and in the White House. Through all of this, they’ve worked with those who have shaped our country’s history—US Presidents such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, well-known political figures such as Terry McAuliffe and Howard Dean, and legendary activists and historical figures such as Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King, and Betty Shabazz. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics is filled with personal stories that bring to life heroic figures we all know and introduce us to some of those who’ve worked behind the scenes but are still hidden. Whatever their perch, the Colored Girls are always focused on the larger goal of “hurrying history” so that every American — regardless of race, gender or religious background — can have a seat at the table. This is their story.

Donna Brazile

About Presenter Donna Brazile

 

Donna Brazile, a veteran Democratic political strategist, is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, author, television political commentator and former Interim Chair of the Democratic Party. She is the author of Cooking with Grease and the New York Times Bestseller Hacks. Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics

Yolanda Caraway

About Presenter Yolanda Caraway

 

Yolanda Caraway is the founder of The Caraway Group, Inc., a nationally recognized public relations and public affairs agency. She has played a major role in shaping the goals and objectives of the National Democratic Party. With a career in public affairs, strategic communications and political management spanning 25 years, Caraway Group President and CEO, Yolanda Caraway, has a proven track record of excellence that has made the agency a success. That success has resulted in The Caraway Group working with major clients like Microsoft Corp., MGM MIRAGE, Bristol Myers Squibb, MCI, Mitsubishi and Texaco. As one of the nation's top political strategists, Yolanda's extensive work for the Democratic National Committee and with major political campaigns has produced relationships with elite influencers and decision makers. Through these associations she has counseled government and nonprofit agencies such as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Center for American Progress, NATO 50th Anniversary Summit and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation Project.

RECENT BOOK:

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics

About Presenter Minyon Moore

 

Minyon is considered one of the nation’s top strategic thinkers with extensive experience in political and corporate affairs, as well as public policy. She leads DSG’s State and Local Affairs and Multicultural Strategies practices with clients ranging from the Fortune 100 to startup non-profits seeking counsel for developing strategies that address emerging consumer markets and achieve public policy goals. She specializes in building coalitions and brand awareness strategies for corporations while at the same time effectively addressing their state and local public policy issues. Under President Bill Clinton’s administration, Minyon served as Assistant to the President and Director of White House Political Affairs, in this capacity, she served as the principal political adviser to the President, Vice President, First Lady and senior White House staff, with primary responsibility for planning outreach and directing the political activities of the White House.  She also developed and coordinated legislative strategy, Administration policy, and communications planning with senior White House staff. As CEO of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Minyon was responsible for day-to-day operations and oversight of the Democratic Party.

 

Minyon serves as a member of the board of directors for Writers Guild Foundation, the NCNW, and is a board member and co-convener of Power Rising Summit. Named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine, a Most Influential Leader by Rainbow PUSH; Minyon has been honored with numerous awards including the Uncommon Height Award for excellence in service to others. Minyon is a native of Chicago, Illinois and currently resides in Washington, DC. She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated from the Boston University Digital Filmmaking Program(DC). A noted speaker and filmmaker, Minyon has continues to serve as a guest lecturer and has lectured at Yale University and Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. In 2018 Minyon was awarded the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into the AAPC Hall of Fame.   Her book, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics, co-authored with Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway and Leah Daughtry, was awarded the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary work,  Non- Fiction.

RECENT BOOK:

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics

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