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Texas county swears in 17 black female judges

BLACK GIRL MAGIC: Black women elected as judges in Texas

BLACK GIRL Magic is in full force as 17 black women were sworn in as judges for Texas' most populated county.

The group of women are believed to be the largest group of black female judges elected at the same time in the history of Harris County, Texas, which has a population of more than 4 million.

"Today we usher in a new era of representative government and progressive leadership in Harris County," Harris County Democrats tweeted on New Year's Day (Jan 1).

According to The New York Times, the judges were part of a local Democratic campaign running with the slogan "Black Girl Magic Texas" that included 19 women. The two women involved in the campaign who lost their races running for statewide office were already county judges and will keep their seats.

During the launch of the campaign in August 2018, LaShawn A. Williams, posted on Facebook: “I've waited for the reveal of this photo of 19 judicial candidates for several weeks - 19 Black women running for judge in Harris County, Houston, TX. This entire time I've thought of what I'd say the day we were able to share this moment in history with everyone.

“But really I'm humbled. Never did I imagine that the day I decided to run to be judge, I'd become a part of a club of phenomenal Black women, sisters-in-law, gifted, brilliant, strong - everything I hope to be! It is with great pride and excitement that I share this "Black Girl Magic" with you! Congratulations - you are truly black girl magic!”

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