Three months ago, I placed my hand on Frederick Douglass’ Bible and took my oath of office as the 63rd governor of Maryland. My journey to that moment was improbable: I’m the son of an immigrant, single mother; I’m a graduate of a two-year college; I felt handcuffs on my wrists when I was just 11-years-old; I’d never held elected office before. What’s more, I was about to become the first African American governor of a state that was once home to one of the largest trading ports for enslaved people in the nation — a state that suffered under the grip of Jim Crow for decades, a state that was terrorized by lynchings for over half a century.
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April 11, 2023