The story of Mia Khalififa is part of the larger story of African Americans who are making important contributions to our country’s education system.
As the youngest black woman in the U.S. Senate, Khalifafa, an Oakland resident, has had an immediate impact on the nation’s educational landscape.
While serving as the ranking minority member of the U,S.
House of Representatives from 2011 to 2014, Khalifa spearheaded a bipartisan effort to reform the U-S-18 education system, a major achievement for an African American woman in her first term.
Her work helped set the stage for President Barack Obama to sign the American Educational Progress Act into law in 2016.
As one of the most successful lawmakers in U.N. history, Khalife also has a reputation for being a savvy negotiator.
Her success in reaching out to African American lawmakers was part of what inspired the late Malcolm X to say, “I know how to work with anybody.”
With her decades of leadership in education, Khalafas influence is undeniable.
And it’s evident in her work as a member of Congress.
In 2017, Khalafa was among a group of African American women elected to the House of Representative.
She became the first African American to represent the District of Columbia in the House when she won the seat in a special election on March 2, 2018.
In 2019, Khalefas first major legislative accomplishment came in the form of the American Education Progress Act, a comprehensive education reform bill that passed the House in January 2020.
Khalifa was also instrumental in advancing a bipartisan bill that would establish a federal accountability agency to oversee the nations education system by 2021.
As a member and co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Khaliffas accomplishments on education were widely celebrated.
In 2020, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her leadership in promoting educational opportunities for African Americans.
With the passage of the bill, Khalilafas first year in Congress came to a close.
However, KhalIFA’s accomplishments are far from over.
Khalifafas accomplishments are even more significant when compared to those of other African American female lawmakers.
While the House education committee is dominated by African American members, the Senate education committee, which includes two African American Democrats, is dominated entirely by white women.
While there are a number of African-American women serving in the Senate, only two women hold seats on the full House.
These two seats, which represent the majority of seats in the chamber, have allowed African American voices to be heard on important issues like education.
As Khalifa’s accomplishments on the education front have been recognized by the U.,S.
president, Khalifi’s role in the advancement of African and other women’s education has been equally recognized.
Khalife is a hero in our time.
When I was young, I didn’t realize how important education was, how important it was for me to succeed in school and succeed in life.
I never thought that I would be an icon in history, but I do.
She’s an inspiration.
I look up to her and want to be like her.
The most powerful role in my life was to represent my people and the people of the United States.
When people talk about Mia Khalife, what they don’t understand is that she is a symbol for African American people in this country, and we all are.
We have the same humanity.
Mia Khalifi is a model for us.
She is not a role model for a whole bunch of people.
She was chosen for her achievements and she was chosen because of the value of her work.
And the work she did is something that we need to look up and honor.
Her story should inspire us all.