Howard University taps Stacey Abrams for the role

Howard University has won twice-failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams as its “Ronald W. Walters Endowed Chair in Racial and Black Politics.”

“In this role, Abrams will foster interdisciplinary collaboration across the university on critical issues of racial and Black politics, particularly those affecting Americans in the African diaspora. The chair will stimulate research and stimulate broad discussions on scientific solutions to real-world solutions to complex, seemingly intractable societal problems that adversely affect African diaspore communities and other vulnerable populations. Finally, as inaugural chair, Abrams will lead a lively Ronald W. Walters speaker series with invited guests on a range of topics representing diverse perspectives,” reads A press release.

Abrams, a Democrat, lost the 2018 and 2022 Georgia governorship contests to Republican Brian Kemp. She previously served in the Georgia House of Representatives.

The Washington Post reported that during an interview, Abrams did not rule out running for office in the future, but noted that it is not her focus at the moment. The outlet reported that it expects to begin the multi-year appointment in September and will make some trips to Washington, DC but remain based in the Peach State.

“We’re entering a tipping point in American politics where the conversation about black race and politics will be a central facet,” she said, according to the Post, “and have an opportunity to lead a portion of the conversation for young people who are.” studying at Howard University is an exceptional opportunity.”

“From my alma mater, Spelman College, I have developed a career that has enabled me to weave together political analysis, political leadership, social justice, economics, the environment, entertainment and more. Through this post, I hope Dr. Emulate Walter’s diasporic lens on our world and be a part of how Howard University continues to contribute to the broader political discourse,” Abrams said, according to the press release.

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