Every once in a while, someone comes up to fight the stereotype, to prove that being black is not evil or criminal. However, in South Fulton, Georgia, a village has stood up.
The discussion of law enforcement and black people in the US is usually one where the black is on the other side of the law. But with a group of six women, that narrative has changed.
The city of South Fulton, Georgia, is changing the tide of things by having every single criminal justice department run by a black woman.
Hearing them tell it, it was not planned as each woman only looked to be the best at what she does and fate has contrived to put them at the top at the same time.
It all came to the fore when a picture showing eight black women looking at the camera inside the city’s municipal court went viral. The picture, taken by Reginald Duncan, `had in it the six women occupying the highest slots of the city’s law enforcement hierarchy: Chief of Police Sheila Rogers, Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers, Court Administrator Lakesiya L. Cofield, Clerk of Court Ramona Howard, Solicitor LaDawn Jones and Public Defender Viveca Powell.
According to Sellers, “This is something that happened organically, but it’s a wonderful thing. We bring our experience as African-American women, mothers, and wives to the table every day. So when we’re making those decisions, we certainly don’t forget our experiences.”.
“I don’t think anyone is going around thinking we’re going to make history and break barriers. We’re just doing our jobs,” Sellers said. “We are all here and invested in the community, and I think that’s what makes it special.” She mentioned that she often works 14 hours a day to try and keep the city safe. The current newly incorporated city’s police force and municipal court just began operation in March 2018, which means that many people in cities across the country will likely be looking to see how they perform.
Congratulations to these women and we hope these would inspire people, women especially, to try to be successes in their chosen fields.