Terrycina Andrea Sewell, more known as Terri Sewell is one of the first Afro-American women of Alabama elected to the Congress, Democrat. She was born on January 1, 1965, in an American town of Huntsville, stretched through Cumberland Plateau, in the north of Alabama.
She was raised in the family of a retired basketball coach, Andrew A. Sewell, and a governor and a librarian, Nancy Gardener Sewell. She led her childhood in Selma where her grandparents brought out the best in her. Being farmers and Baptists, they instilled in little Terri a love and respect for religious movements and agricultural values.
Moreover, Sewell’s glimmers of being a politician could be seen yet in Selma High School where she has become the only black girl for the whole school’s history to make a speech. Terry spent her university years prominent, studying hard in Princeton (BA) and gaining a US News and World Report scholarship. While studying at the college, she put all her efforts into a political field. She started serving for 7th congressional district congressman Richard Shelby, and Senator Howell Heflin. Terry took the lead in the Student Union and made a contribution to running a Minority Student Recruitment office, which is meant to encourage students to enter a university. Graduating from Oxford University, the girl got her Master’s degree with first-class Honours. When she was 25, she released her work on the election of the first black British parliament members, called Black Tribunes: Race and Representation in British Politics.
Therefore, Sewell won the recognition as the “Top Collegian Women” by NBC’s Today Show, the “Top Ten College Women in America” by Glamour Magazine. Her work, Black Women in Politics: Our Time Has Come, was awarded the Afro-American Studies Thesis Prize.
Terri studied at Harvard Law School, getting an NAACP Legal Defense Fund scholarship, and won her J.D. degree in 1992. There, she was appointed as an editor of the Harvard Civil Right-Civil Liberties Law Review and wrote an article, “Selma, Lord, Selma” for Harvard Black Letter Journal.
Nevertheless, Terri Sewell did more: the flourishing of her law career was in 1994 when she worked for the Wall Street law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. However, she had served as a judicial law clerk in Birmingham, Alabama to the Chief Judge U.W. Clemon. While working at the Wall Street firm, she made free assistance to the homeless and aimed at conducive to the high schools in New York due to the Dreams into Action program. The Community Assistance Fund, the chairship of which she shared, invested $300,000,000 into the help for communities of colour. Then, Terri worked as a lawyer in the State of Alabama where she helped black people start their education in institutions such as Alabama State University, Tuskegee University, and Stillman College, as well as other higher education institutions such as Wallace State-Hanceville, Jefferson State Community College, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, and the State of Alabama’s Public Schools and University Authority.
In 2010, Terri Sewel was involved in the Democratic primary and hit Jefferson County commissioner Sheila Smoot. Then, she took over Republican opponent Don Chamberlain and became the first black woman of Alabama in Congress. In 2012, she repeated her success and won the election as it was in 2010.
Democrat Sewell stood up for then-President Barack Obama and his policy, struggling with unemployment. She was also interested in Obama’s plan to enlarge tax reduction, saying: “I applaud the President for outlining a bold framework for reforming the U.S. business tax system.”
According to Obama’s foreign policy, Terry took part in the trip together with Nancy Pelosi to Afghanistan in 2012, where they kept in touch “with American service-members and meeting local officials to discuss security and women’s issues.”
Besides, Terri Sewell heads Subcommittee on Defense Intelligence and Warfighter Support and House Committee on Ways and Means.
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