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  • Michelle Smith

Amazing Melanated Mommies: 15

Updated: Apr 18, 2019

While African American history is too extraordinary to be summed up in a year, let alone a month, we will be celebrating phenomenal women who changed the world as we see it now all while raising children. If they can do it, so can we. Lets do it!!!

Yvonne Brathwaite Burke is a politician from Las Angeles, California who has been providing service since 1964 and is currently a member of the Amtrak Board of Directors. Burke has had a profound impact in the world of politics for the multiple titles she has held as the first to do so, including the first African-American woman to represent the West Coast in Congress, the first African American woman to hold the position as the Vice-Chairman of the Democratic National Convention, as well as the first African American woman to serve on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. She has broken barriers for not only women of color, but for all women. In 1973, with the birth of her daughter Autumn, Burke also became the first member of Congress to give birth while in office and the first to be granted maternity leave by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Salute Ms. Yvonne Brathwaite Burke.

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