During Black History Month, Salesforce takes the time to honor trailblazers in the black community who have dedicated their lives to empowering others and furthering Equality. Recently, we were honored to host four influential Black women who have blazed trails in politics, working tirelessly behind the scenes for over 30 years. BOLDforce, our Black employee Resource group, and Salesforce Women’s Network came together to host an authentic conversation with, veteran Democratic political strategist and professor at Georgetown University; Yolanda H. Caraway, founder of The Caraway Group; Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, nationally recognized pastor, political strategist, and CEO of the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions; and Minyon Moore, partner of the Dewey Square Group and former CEO of the Democratic National Committee. They spoke about their countless political experiences and book — For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics.
During their talk, they collectively called for the audience to be visible, lead with purpose, and actively participate in politics. “We can change the trajectory of our country. It’s about seeing ourselves reflected in government. Don’t be afraid of politics — voting is the beginning not the end of politics,” said Brazile.
Over the years, they’ve filled many roles: in the corporate world, on campaigns, in unions, in churches, in their own businesses, and in the White House alongside Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. However, as with so many stories of Black women in politics, theirs have been largely absent from mainstream media — until now. Their new book “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics,” tells the story of enduring friendship and an extraordinary political journey.
They attribute their successes and growth to mentorship. Their impressive lists of mentors include icons like Coretta Scott King, Jesse L. Jackson Sr., and Shirley Chisholm. They acknowledged that people of color and women are vastly underrepresented in politics today, which is why it is so important to “lift others as you rise.” When seeking a mentor, Daughtry advises coming prepared. Know clearly what you want to talk about; have a list of projects you’re working on, know your goals and identify any hurdles you’re facing. On her experience as a mentor, Daughtry remarked, “Mentorship is an investment with someone that I’m willing to make if you’re willing to do your part.”
We are grateful to these luminaries for all the work they do to empower future leaders in politics, elevate their communities, and build a more equal and just world for all. “The Colored Girls,” as they call themselves, are focused on the larger goal of working toward a truly united America – regardless of race, gender, or religious background – a place where everyone can have a seat at the table.
At Salesforce, we believe in the equal value of every human life and that together we can build a more equal world for all. Learn more and join us on our path forward — salesforce.com/equality.