Amara Enyia, the woman who could've been mayor, part 1

Photo Credit: Jamie Kelter Davis

Before Fioretti, before Walls, before Wilson and before Garcia, there was one woman — a young, African-American woman, who staked her claim as the progressive candidate vying for the office of mayor of Chicago. She hit the streets early, building a base, sharing a message and setting an example for people — especially young people — of what a young, educated, millennial generation, emboldened Black woman with a heart for community looked like when they were passionate and working for purpose. Though her campaign was derailed by an office break in and a costly defense of petition signatures, Amara Enyia is still influencing the Chicago mayor’s race as the lead policy chief for Bob Fioretti’s campaign. This is the first of a series of videos that give us a glimpse of what should have been. Imagine Ms. Enyia on stage debating with the boys. Things would be different because of her energy and intellect alone.

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The real TJ Crawford (@tjcrawford4real) is a hip hop generation, social entrepreneur building community via words, deeds and actions.

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