There are more and more brown faces balancing out the lack of diversity and representation within the political realm, and the recent swearing-in ceremony of the Congressional Black Caucus is the proof in the pudding. On Thursday (Jan. 3), the political organization broke their own history record by swearing in 55 people, making it the highest amount of people sworn in at one time since its inception in 1971.
According to Diverse Education, Rep. Karen Bass, chair of the CBC, noted how pivotal this induction cycle is to the current political climate. “[This] marks the beginning of a course correction [needed to] correct the daily trauma we have suffered over the last two years,” she said.
This occurred at the same time the 116th Congress swore in their newest members to their new roles, some of whom include Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Marcia L. Fudge, Sharice Davids, Deb Haaland and more.
It was an honor to be sworn in with members of the Congressional Black Caucus this morning and to take the official oath of office in the House of Representatives moments ago. I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of OH-11 in the 116th Congress. pic.twitter.com/dnPLaL2PpN
— Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (@RepMarciaFudge) January 3, 2019
Time to do the work.