Hoping for support in their bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination, both New Jersey senator Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, a senator from California, have been campaigning heavily among the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell has admitted she is “biased” towards Harris, as they were both members of the same African-American sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, The Hill reports. However, she hasn’t ruled out supporting Booker. “I think it’s awesome we have so many amazing choices,” Sewell said.
Last year, when Harris spoke at the 25th Annual Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee commemorating the 53rd anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March, she spoke of Sewell. She said that those who originally marched “laid the foundation so that John Lewis and Terri Sewell and Barbara Lee can serve in the United States Congress. To carry on the work.”
Sewell, Alabama’s first black Congresswoman, has previously said that black women are crucial to Democratic success. When Senator Doug Jones won the special election in 2018, she told the Chicago Sun-Times that black women had been “the backbone of the Democratic Party for a long time and we’re finally getting our due, There were a whole bunch of people he doesn’t even know that did a whole bunch of work to help him get there.”
Another “rising political star” bringing black women together is Stacey Abrams, who will be delivering the Democratic response to Donald Trump‘s upcoming State of the Union Address. Sewell shared her excitement about this choice on Facebook, saying “Stacey Abrams reflects our party’s shared values of equality and inclusion and is a brilliant choice to give the democratic response to the State of the Union.”