It is well past time to celebrate and give recognition to the place African American women have created within the U. As we celebrate the victory of Lori Lightfoot becoming the first African American woman mayor of Chicago, we also remember that it was half a century ago when Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman to serve in the U. Let us not overlook the local African American women who are adding to the foundation of the political landscape.
On March 7,five of these outstanding women were recognized for their contributions at the University of Kentucky, Black Women in Politics Celebration Luncheon. Angela C. Evans is a native of Lexington, KY. She has served as a public defender in Lexington, KY, and represented indigent clients in misdemeanor and felony court.
She also served as an Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky for six years, providing legal services to various state agencies, and General Counsel to the Kentucky Secretary of State. She served on the Ethics Commission from to and served as Chairperson from to She has participated in two Expert Meetings hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria, and has contributed to two UN handbooks focused on preventing recidivism and reintegrating offenders into society.
She earned the Henry V. Woodson Academy.
She is a proud graduate of Bryan Station High School. She attended college at the University of Louisville where she was a member of the National Championship Cheerleading Squad while earning a B. She made the decision not to practice law, but to follow her strong desire to work with children.
Inshe ran unsuccessfully for the 88 th Kentucky Senate District. Gray is family-oriented and strongly supported by her parents, siblings, family and friends. Andrea James is a native of Lexington, KY. For several years, she was program manager of neighborhood initiatives at the Blue Grass Community Foundation, where the bulk of her work focused on the East End and North End areas of Lexington.
Andrea James is a co-founder of Not the Only One NTOOa woman of color networking meet-up group that has connected more than local residents for support, networking, and encouragement. Melissa Moore Murphy spent 12 of her year legal career as a criminal prosecutor.
She was a Sullivan Award nominee, and a Doris Y. Wilkerson Award winner. She also earned her J. Melissa Moore Murphy is the mother of three children and she is the wife of Daniel P. Murphy, Jr. People Map. Share this :.
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