Black History Month: Breaking the glass ceiling in Brooklyn and New York City politics

America and New York City have come a long way since the Civil Rights Movement began picking up steam 68 years ago and since one of the movement’s leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, was assassinated nearly 46 years ago. We now have a black president, numerous political, business and thought leaders, and a society that continues to struggle with a history that still butts up against the future.

It is exciting to be living in this time where we can still remember the struggles and strides of the past while taking steps forward and being able to envision a new future in New York City and the country. To mark Black History Month 2014, the Home Reporter News and Brooklyn Spectator News speak with three Brooklynites who have broken the glass ceiling in New York City and Brooklyn politics to become a series of firsts: the first woman of color to hold citywide office, the first black Brooklyn Borough President, and the first black Brooklyn District Attorney.


Public Advocate Letitia James wants to speak out for the disenfranchised


Brooklyn D.A. Kenneth Thompson reflects on the past, present and future


A role model, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is eager to learn from others, as well

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