In the next few weeks, while you decide your New Year's Resolutions regarding your health, habits, and choices, add another to the one list, one that can impact every aspect of yourself, determine the opportunities you have, and govern the life you live. For 2016, resolve to vote, and to take advantage of your most powerful right as an American Citizen.
In last weekend's elections in France, the country's National Front party failed to win any of the country's 13 metropolitan regions during the second round of voting. This stall was attributed to political maneuvering, rather than a wholesale French public rejection of the National Front's right-wing, xenophobic messages.
As the most reliable Democratic voters in the past two presidential elections, Black women are an essential part of the winning coalition that any Democratic candidate will need to win in 2016. The urgency that Chisholm felt in 1970 resonates strongly today. But so, too, does her optimism for a better future.