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Yolanda Caraway: Dining with Presidents

Over three decades, Caraway has played a major behind-the-scenes role in shaping national politics. She kicked off her career supporting local campaigns, then got a big break working as Chief of Staff for Reverend Jesse Jackson’s second presidential bid. Caraway’s impact has been felt from the operations of national political conventions to hosting intimate dinners between Black female leaders and every major candidate for the Democratic Party's presidential nominees since 1994. Caraway tells the story and offers a blueprint to Black women in the NAACP Image Award-winning book she co-authored, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics.

Words of Wisdom: "I didn't know what I was doing, but I learned and I learned a lot about myself. I learned that I was good at strategy. I learned that I could ask people for money. You know, I could knock on doors and explain things to people… I loved it, and I can't think of anything else I'd love doing better...”

Recommended ReadingFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore 


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