Black people remain underrepresented across industries, including politics. But as the country’s demographics and priorities shift, recent elections and appointments have ushered historic numbers of people of color, women and LGBTQ+ individuals into public office at all levels of government, many of whom represent the first person of their background to hold such a position. Four Black politicians whose elections were historic firsts spoke with the PBS NewsHour to reflect on their time in office and the nationwide conversations about racial injustice and representation.
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