These Three Black Students Just Made Election History At The University Of Georgia
Ammishaddai Grand-Jean, Charlene Marsh and Destin Mizelle are UGA's new president, vice-president and treasurer.
March 30, 2018 at 10:46 pm
Three African American students at the University of Georgia are making history, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Ammishaddai Grand-Jean was just elected student government president. Charlene Marsh was elected vice-president, and Destin Mizelle was elected treasurer. The election marks the first time three black students have held the school's top student government jobs.
Congratulations to our very own Ammishaddai Grand-Jean 🇭🇹❤️, as well as Destin & Charlene! We can’t wait to see what Believe has in store for us! pic.twitter.com/i9SrivDRX7— UGA CaribSA (@UGACaribSA) March 29, 2018
“I want to thank you all for not just looking at our skin color, but looking at our content.”— moriah (@m_christineee) March 28, 2018
Beyond proud to have work with this movement, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for UGA❤️ pic.twitter.com/A1TJdC8LYC
All three students are in their third year at the university.
“I want to thank you all for rising with us last year and believing in us this year. I want to thank you all for believing that an all-black ticket was not impossible at UGA," Grand-Jean told The Red & Black.
The friends ran for office together as part of the “Believe” campaign.
“It’s unreal right now,” Marsh said. “I did not think anything like this was going to happen. The first thing we want to do is have a party with all the students in Tate Plaza and listen to all their concerns, the same thing we have been doing.”
The trio ran with the goal of better connecting students to their government, cultivating transparency and creating a spirit of cooperation among student organizations. They won the election with more than 4,000 votes.
Students are excited about the direction their campus is headed.
Alicia Worthy said when she saw the results she was “at a loss for words," and added that this election has been "a very monumental decision that will change the landscape of the campus."
The new officials' responsibilities will begin on April 4. “We won’t promise we are going to fix everything, but we promise we are going to be here for you every step of the way,” Grand-Jean said.