Insights from Leaders

Jul 12, 2021

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics: Paul Tully and Ron Brown’s Influence-Yolanda Caraway

Yolanda Caraway, often described as a change catalyst, has over 30 years of experience with policy-making, public affairs, as well as national and international political matters. Often sought after to coordinate major activities for the Democratic Party, as well as private organizations, her list of professional achievements showcases years of organizational ability and management expertise.

Yolanda co-authored a book, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics, and recently discussed the influence that two people had on the book, along with her co-authors.

“Paul Tully was a mentor to all of us. When I first got to college he was working on a campaign. He was a good friend of Ron Brown. When we decided that he was going to run for chair of the DNC, we got Paul to be the political director. He was the heart and soul of the campaign. We lost him, unfortunately.

“I have been going back and forth in my mind about this, but I really want to write something about how we need leadership like Ron Brown right now - in the environment we currently live in. Back when Clinton ran for president, he brought the fundraisers together, brought other people together- to all conform around one candidate. That is what we need right now - for leaders to bring people together. We need somebody to do something like that right now.”