Thursday, February 25, 2021

Black History Month, 2021

February, 2021, will be remembered during Black History Month for years to come. This is not a political post but the result of President Biden’s promise to have a cabinet that “looks like America.”

Kamala Harris, first and foremost is his choice for VP. Not only is she African American, she’s Southeast Asian American.

Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, Deputy Treasury Secretary, making the Nigerian-born the first Black person to ever serve in that role.

Gen. Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Defense, the first Black to hold that position.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Kirsten Clarke, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division.

Ashley Etienne, Kamala Harris’ Chief Communications Director.

Tina Flournoy, Vice President’s Chief Of Staff.

Rep. Marcia Fudge, Housing and Urban Development.

Joelle Gamble, National Economic Council.

Shuwanza Goff, Deputy Director Of The White House Office Of Legislative Affairs.

Jamie Harrison, DNC Chair.

Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Deputy Press Secretary.

Brenda Mallory, Council on Environmental Quality Chairperson.

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Co-Chair of Biden’s Coronavirus Task Force.

Michael Regan, EPA.

Susan Rice, White House Domestic Policy Council Director.

Cedric Richmond, senior adviser to the president and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, which is not a cabinet position.

Cecilia Rouse, Council of Economic Advisors chairperson.

Symone Sanders, Vice President’s spokesperson.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, UN Ambassador.

Other names who have made their mark since last year:

Stacey Abrams, founder of Fair Fight, helped Georgia flip blue.

Rev. Raphael Warnock, Georgia Senator


Thanks to NewsOne for the information.

Polly Iyer is the author of nine novels: standalones Hooked, InSight, Murder Déjà Vu, Threads, and Indiscretion, and four books in the Diana Racine Psychic Suspense series, Mind Games, Goddess of the Moon, Backlash and The Scent of Murder. A Massachusetts native, she makes her home in the beautiful Piedmont region of South Carolina. You can visit her website for more on Polly and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Love this list. One great step forward in diversity. Thanks for putting this together, Polly, so we can all celebrate.

    1. It is a step forward. I didn't even get to the other diversity appointments. A few have yet to be confirmed, and guess what? They're all ethnically diverse. Surprise, surprise.

  2. It's exciting to see a truly diverse cabinet.


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