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raphael warnock
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Warnock Becomes First Black Senator in Georgia

A lot of reprehensible actions took place today in our nation’s capital – but there is a silver lining for the newer generations of America who are finally seeing a change in traditionally Republican states. Thanks to people like Stacey Abrahams, we’re hearing the voices of many Americans, that, up until now, have been deeply suppressed.

“Because this is America, the 82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody else’s cotton went to the polls and picked her youngest son to be a United States senator,” Raphael Warnock stated after Georgia certified him as the new senator.

Warnock grew up in Savannah in the Kayton Homes public housing project, the second youngest of 12 children. His mother, as a teenager, had worked as a sharecropper picking cotton and tobacco. His father was a preacher who also made money hauling old cars to a local scrapyard.

“My daddy used to wake me up every morning at dawn,” Warnock told a hometown crowd at a drive-in rally. “He said, ‘Boy, you can’t sleep late in my house. Get up, get dressed, put your shoes on. Get ready.’”

And we can argue, he got more than ready. Warnock left Savannah and became the first member of his family to graduate from college. He earned a Ph.D. in theology that led to a career in the pulpit and eventually became the head pastor of the Atlanta church. Now, he is the first Black US senator Georgia has ever had.

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