Stacy Abrams (262162)

That name – Stacey Abrams – has been hitting the news for about three years now. This rising star in the Democratic party is a young Black woman making waves, especially since 2018 when she suspiciously lost the Georgia governor race to a Republican. Since then she’s been on a tear to change Georgia blue, and that’s she’s done, Her efforts to get out the Black vote in the Peach State resulted in Georgia putting Biden over the top in the Presidential election and then giving Democrats control of the Senate with the elections of Rafael Warnock and Jon Osoff.

No doubt her efforts – and her political savvy – are being recognized.

At this year’s NAACP Image Awards, Abrams was honored with the first ever Social Justice Impact Award, presented to her by former First Lady Michelle Obama. “Her courage … it’s contagious, her approach is inclusive, and her eyes are fixed on the mountaintop that has always brought out the best within us,” Obama said. “And that’s why it’s my honor to present the inaugural NAACP Social Justice Impact Award to the unstoppable Stacey Abrams.”

Abrams has also been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.