Politics + Black Lives Matter

Biden & The Black Agenda

Examining the current administration’s promise 1 year later

Quintessa Williams
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7 min readJan 20, 2022
President Biden with Black Politicians and Activists in 2013 | Photo Courtesy of ABC News

On November 7th, 2020, I wrote the following on my Facebook newsfeed:

“I woke up this morning to a new president. I woke up feeling different. I am so proud of my people I could just burst. Change can’t happen without Black people, — we just proved that.”

“I will not examine Biden’s victory until after 1 year. I need to see results first and know whether his promises were just politics.”

“However, history has been made and I am celebrating Black people today. Because dammit we are not a minority. We have power in these streets.”

It’s been one year since Joe Biden was officially inaugurated as the next President of the United States. Biden was officially projected President on November 7th, 2020, even after a sore loss and initial refusal to concede from former President Donald Trump. While giving a speech in Wilmington, North Carolina after his big win, Biden express what he felt America needed:

“To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy,” Biden said, before referring to the Book of Ecclesiastes. “The Bible tells us that to everything there is a season — a time to build, a time to reap, a time to sow. And a time to heal. This is the time to heal in America.”

Biden’s presidential election was marked by history in the making as his VP elect, Kamala Harris became the first woman to be appointed to Vice President of the United States. Harris said:

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”

The same day, VP Harris is shown in a viral video calling Biden after learning of their victory. An emotional Harris tells Biden: “We did it, Joe.”

On May 4th, 2020, Biden released: Lift Every Voice: The Biden Plan for Black America, a six pillar plan focusing on rooting out systemic racism from policies, laws, institutions, and communities.

The Biden Plan for Black America proposed to:

  • Advance the economic…



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Freelance Writer & Journalist 📝📚| #WEOC | Blackivist | EIC of TDQ | Editor for Cultured, WEOC, & AfroSapiophile. Bylines in ZORA, Momentum & GEN Publications.