Last week on Tuesday, January 5, Georgia held two major runoff elections for the history books, with Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock winning Senate seats that will put Democrats in the majority.
Rev. Warnock is the first Black senator from Georgia, and Ossoff is the first Jewish senator from Georgia. At 33 years old, he will be the youngest sitting senator in Congress when he takes office later this month.
Today, we discuss these groundbreaking victories and the role of Black voters and organizers in leading the charge with journalist Tia Mitchell and professor Andra Gillespie.
Tia Mitchell is the Washington correspondent at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She currently serves as chair of the Political Task Force for the National Association of Black Journalists.
Andra Gillespie is an associate professor of political science and director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University.
Cover image: “Raphael Warnock in 2020” by Gerri Hernandez, used under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication