Rising Stars of Black Politics

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(msnbc.com) –While Barack Obama made history in 2008 by becoming the nation’s first black president, there are a bevy of black politicians who are making waves in a variety of political realms around the country. We take a look at a handful that caught our eye.

Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Governor: Like Obama, Patrick got his start in life on Chicago’s South Side, and became Massachusetts’ first black governor in 2006. The Democrat won a tight re-election campaign in 2010, and is said to in talks to play a key role in Obama’s 2012 campaign. Though Patrick is known to be a gifted campaigner and fundraiser, he has  struggled to carry over such success in office.

Donna Edwards, Maryland Congresswoman:  Donna Edwards is superhuman. Or, at least she has superhuman nerves. The rep. from Maryland participated in the “Polar Bear Plunge” weeks ago in D.C. to bring awareness to climate change and global warming by jumping in the freezing-cold Potomac River for 20 seconds. TheGrio cited Edwards’ 2009 arrest in front of  the Sudanese embassy as one example of her steadfastness, which has earned her a reputation on the Hill: “Donna Edwards is a tough-minded advocate,” theWashington Post wrote in an editorial last year.

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