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Athens, Georgia’s New County Commissioner Took Her Oath Of Office Over ‘The Autobiography Of Malcolm X’ While Rocking The Flyest ‘Fro

We feel seen.

While wearing the most poppin' fro, Georgia’s Mariah Parker took her oath of office for the state’s District 2 County Commissioner on the steps of City Hall in downtown Athens, Georgia.

Parker, who won by 13 votes, not only had her mother, Mattie Parker, hold The Autobiography of Malcolm X for her swearing-in ceremony but her other hand held a fist in the air. That's unapologetic AF.

The young community activist has big plans to paint the town of Athens more progressively, and says so on her website:

"It's time for a new vision for Athens, one where we finally address the poverty and discrimination that hold our community back." 

The Georgia Alliance for Social Justice posted a photo of Parker being sworn in on Facebook, declaring "This is what America is about to look like." 

We're excited to see what Parker will do to be the change she wants to see in her community. 

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Maya is a politics writer with Blavity and alumna of Hampton University, who just wants justice for black folks. She's currently navigating the nonprofit world and attempting to make diversity happen, and also a writing fellow with Center for Community Change. Follow her on Twitter & IG @MJBoddie.