*WASHINGTON, D.C.  — This morning on News One Now, host and managing editor Roland Martin spoke with Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) about democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff’s win in yesterday’s special election for Georgia’s sixth district.

Ossoff cinched nearly 50% of the vote, and will compete against republican candidate Karen Handel, who only received 19% of the vote, on June 20 in a runoff election. This is a congressional seat that has been under republican control since 1979, and was vacated by now-Secretary of Health Tom Price.

“People are very concerned about the direction of this country and Jon Ossoff’s victory last night demonstrated that the people want to see change. They’re not trustful of this administration or their government, and they want new blood,” said Johnson. “It’s clear that things have changed in the sixth district, demographics have changed. People’s attitudes up there have changed also. It’s a very wealthy, diverse, and educated district. People understand what’s happening in Washington, D.C. and how it affects them on the streets. They want to see change and this race in Georgia gives us an opportunity to establish that change right here in the sixth district and I think that’s what’s going to happen on June 20th.” 

Martin also spoke with Janaye Ingram, an organizer of January’s Women’s March on Washington, the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history, about her being  included as one of  ESSENCE Magazine’s first-ever “100 Woke Women.” The issue arrives on Friday. The cover story focuses on 12 influencers and activists, including Ingram, who are using their voice to advocate for civil rights and social change. Others included are television producer Shonda Rhimes, activist and mother of Trayvon Martin Sybrina Fulton, and attorney Angela Rye.

“Women – we are key to our communities, we are central to our communities. We are caregivers, we are nurturers, we are mothers, sisters, daughters, friends – we are the voices in our community that everyone looks to. If we are inspiring change and if we are making the steps to change any issues that aren’t about equality and equity, then we essentially are leading that effort,” says Ingram. “I think ESSENCE has done a wonderful job of, again of reminding people what it is that we need to be focused on. There could have been a lot of other lists that they did, but even for us who are doing the work it’s important to have that work recognized sometimes. I think so many people do the work and they do it without recognition…and so to be honored and recognized in this way, it does gives you the fuel to keep going and pressing on even in the face of other people who don’t want to see you succeed and don’t want to see this community move ahead.”

Essence Magazine Unveils Its First-Ever ‘Woke 100’

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