November 8, 2006

Deval Patrick Makes History

In Massachusetts, former Clinton Justice Department official as well as former civil rights and corporate attorney Deval Patrick has become the state's first BLACK Governor and only the second elected nationally since Reconstruction. The first was L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia who left office in 1995.

This gubernatorial race was amazing! Deval Patrick ran against Republican Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey--a woman.

Had he lost, this election would have still made history for the state of Massachusetts, never having a female governor.

Deval took the seat with 56% of the votes, easily defeating his competition. Patrick's election will end 16 years of Republican control of the governor's office.

After watching his gubernatorial speech last night I have to admit he's a very charismatic man. He gave a very well written and well spoken speech.

"...You are every black man, woman and child in Massachusetts and America, and every other striver of every other race and kind who is reminded tonight that the American Dream is for you, too..."

What a BOLD statement.

As I stated in my previous blog post to this one, I was face to face with hundreds of minorities who had no hope in little old Rhode Island politics let alone America. I hope they along with the thousands around all of us that have given up hope will get it back some day.

I found some interesting info on
African-American Firsts: Government

Sources used in this post:
Deval Patrick makes history as Massachusetts governor

Mass. Taps Black Gov. in Historic Race

Patrick Sweeps Into Mass. Governor's Office


bRandy said...

Congratualations to Mr. Patrick, the state of Massachusetts, and to us all really...progress...sometimes slow...always sweet.
Thanks for stopping by my spot and commenting. I appreciate it. I will be back to're extremely well-spoken and mature for your age...well, for anyone's age actually :)

JenellyBean said...

Heyyy Sista Brandy....

How nice of you to return the love. I hope to see you around often sharing that wisdom you posess with me and others.

Thanks for the compliments too.

lyre said...

Glad to see you back girlie! Slap me in the head. I didnt vote but I had faith that you young folks would!

JenellyBean said...

I'm telling!

shame on you for not voting.

Wendy said...

Congratulations to Mr.Patrick, this yet another piece of history for us. Progress indeed. Thanks for dropping by. So encouraging were your comments on my page. I enjoyed your spot.I took my time and looked around a little.I even enjoyed that Beyonce song...:-)

JenellyBean said...

Hey Sista Wendy...
Any type of progress is better then NO progress at all.

You don't have to thank me for stopping by. I enjoyed myself at your place too. I will be there often leaving more of my thoughts.

I'm glad you had a good time here, I hope to see you around again.
And I hope you will become an influential poster here.

Anonymous said...

JB your participation was a piece of history in the making. I am not familiar with all the nuances of American elections, or why your elections are segmented every couple of years. But congratulations to the winner!!

Stephen Bess said...

That's fantastic! It's great to see another brother make it in!! I am reminded of Douglas Wilder in VA. The year was 1990. I was a freshman in college.

Dee said...

wow how wonderful, and inspiring. I love that quote too!

Ananda said...

i love what you posted about deval patrick. nice post. peace, ananda

urban butterfly said...

This is awesome! We need more Blacks in public office!


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