Though rarely heralded, Black women have a long history of activism and participation in our elections and in the struggle for equality and positive change in America.

We are the backbones of our churches, organizations, communities, and political party. We are the “willing workers.” We are the Mothers of the Movement. We are the group with the highest level of voter participation of any demographic group in America. We are the enthusiastic delegates and community leaders waving placards and chanting “yes we can!” on the floor of Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.

And now, the DNC has passed us the baton, and we are running the show. And we are running it beautifully.

Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio is the chair of the Democratic National Convention, and she has led the event through a tumultuous start to, within hours of her appointment, a banner night of unity and inspiration, capped off by the incredible remarks of First Lady Michelle Obama.

Rep. Fudge is joined in her leadership of the Democratic party through this critical election season event by two other Black women: Donna Brazile, the interim chair of the DNC, and Leah Daughtry, the CEO of the convention who has spearheaded the exemplary production and execution of the event.

Though Rep. Fudge and others (including the Black female pastor during the opening convention prayer) have been booed and disrespected by a small cadre of holdouts, these women have not only risen to the occasion; they have soared. They have led the party through attempts at disruption by a small group of Bernie holdouts, to what has instead been a triumph of excellence, inspiration, and unity.

And their success in this endeavor is not superficial. It is vitally important because our entire American democracy and every one of our citizens are at risk if the Democrats do not retain the White House in November.

We applaud these exemplary women and thank them for their leadership and stellar performance in what may be the most important election in the history of our nation.

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