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By Harry Belafonte
September 15, 2021 7:16 AM EDT

The inordinate strength revealed by Black people in America—in their capacity to survive the harsh political journey they experience in this country—is in large part due to the fortitude of Black women. The power to exercise this resistance is in no small part due to leaders like Stacey Abrams. Not just Black women but all people have been the beneficiaries of this gift of survival in the name of truth and solidarity.

Stacey embodies the enormousness of this gift: alongside a diverse coalition of organizers and volunteers, she spent years working to transform and empower the Georgia electorate. That work resulted in record voter turnout in recent elections. Thank you, Stacey, for all that you have done.

Belafonte is an activist and a Grammy-, Emmy- and Tony-winning musical artist

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