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Tougaloo grads hear from Georgia politician Stacey Abrams

May 5, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Tougaloo College’s 150 graduates are hearing from a national political star with Mississippi roots.

Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost a race for governor in Georgia, is keynoting ceremonies Sunday at the historically black college.

Abrams grew up in Mississippi and her parents attended Tougaloo. The private college is celebrating its 150th commencement, giving Abrams an honorary degree.

The former Democratic leader of the Georgia House of Representatives last week rejected a run for U.S. Senate from Georgia in 2020. She says she’s still considering running for president.

Tougaloo is also honoring six others including former Mississippi Supreme Court justices Reuben Anderson and Fred Banks. Others are health researcher Dr. Vivian Pinn, the Rev. Reginald Buckley, pioneering African American ophthalmologist Dr. Maurice James and civil rights activist Brenda Travis.