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Ayanna Pressley is set to become the first African-American woman elected to the US Congress in MA

Ayanna Pressley made history this week by unseating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary! Blavity spoke to her about everything from her campaign agenda to her favorite hip-hop hit. Get to know her -- because she's poised to make history TWICE.

Ayanna S. Pressley is an American politician serving as an at-large member of the Boston City Council in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the first woman of color elected to the council.

BOSTON(NY Times) — The morning after her upset political victory, Ayanna Pressley ascended a stage in Dorchester a few blocks from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, greeting activists who had gathered to unify the party and to see a trailblazer — black, female, Bostonian — now poised to assume the old J.F.K. congressional seat.

Outside, around the corner, was Joe Moakley Park, named for the consummate South Boston Irish Democrat who had won 15 terms to Congress. A mile away stood Boston College High School, the proud Jesuit Catholic hub with more than 150 years of history and, lately, flagging application numbers.

“This is a tribal and parochial place,” Ms. Pressley, 44, said Wednesday, surrounded by Boston political leaders old and new as she ruminated on the hurdles that others said would prevent her from winning. “This hasn’t always been my home.” READ MORE


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