‘From Resistance to Power’: Former Maid, Activist Is Colombia’s First Black Vice President

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Francia Márquez has overcome racism and classism to become Colombia’s first Black vice president. Márquez was a teen mom who once worked as a housekeeper. Now she will be second-in-command to the president after she and her running mate won the country’s election on Sunday. An activist for Afro-Colombian and environmental rights, Márquez worked the campaign trail in African garments and jewelry and an afro puff. Francia Márquez was elected Colombia’s vice president on June 19, 2022. (Photo: Twitter/Francia Márquez Mina) “It’s time to move from resistance to power,” Márquez would chant, raising her fist – with a smile. Márquez’s political teammate, President-elect Gustavo Petro, is a former guerrilla who toppled a real estate millionaire in a runoff election. The win shifts the political climate in the South American country, which has been historically led by conservatives and social elitists. Márquez is a political newcomer, but she has been fighting corporations for the last two decades to protect Afro-Colombian communities and their land. “I am someone who raises my voice to stop the destruction of rivers, forests and moors,” Márquez wrote on her campaign website. “I am someone who dreams that one day human beings will change the economic model...

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