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Ilhan Omar’s powerful speech after being sworn in as US Congresswoman

Ilhan Omar who won Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District in the November midterms was sworn in yesterday to become the first black person born in the African continent to serve in the United States Congress.

Afterwards at a community celebration that featured K’naan, she gave the following powerful speech below. Her speech begins at 17:00.

Posted by Mshale [1] on Thursday, January 3, 2019

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About Tom Gitaa [2]

Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of the Minnesota International Center (MIC), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.