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Ada Fisher is the American story embodied.
Born and raised in the South as a black Republican, the grandchild of slaves not only earned her medical credentials to become a doctor, but also became a political groundbreaker by being elected the first black female National Republican Committeewoman for North Carolina.
Fisher also has run for U.S. Congress twice and the U.S. Senate once in her home state of North Carolina. And though her days of seeking elected office are over, she remains active as a member of the RNC, a member of the NAACP, an advocate for the Republican Party, and a mentor to young candidates and elected officials.
One immediately feels Fisher’s passion and depth of experience when speaking with her. Indeed, when I asked for her story, Fisher began not with her own life, but with the rich legacy of black Republicans who came before her and served as her inspiration.
“My story isn’t all that unique,” Fisher began. “There have been over 300 black Republicans elected to office in our history, serving in vitally important roles.”
Fisher impressively shot off a lengthy list of various black Republicans who served from Reconstruction to the present, including lawyer Conrad Odell Pearson, who led the fight against racial discrimination against black applicants in the University of North Carolina system, as well as Arthur Fletcher, the creator of affirmative action and an adviser to several presidents.
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