Barnes pledges to be leader for all Wisconsinites in MLK Day speech

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes addresses a crowd at the Capitol during his inaugural address.
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes addresses a crowd at the Capitol during his inaugural address.

Mandela Barnes says he plans be a leader for all Wisconsinites as he works to promote racial equity, education and the environment in his tenure as the state’s first African-American lt. guv.
Barnes, the second African-American elected to statewide office after former Secretary of State and civil rights leader Vel Phillips, told a crowd at UW-Madison he sees the oath of office as “an oath of dedication to everybody, all people who call this place home.”
“People who have been forgotten, marginalized communities that are often left behind in the decision-making process, who don’t always have a s...

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