A Brooklyn girl, Letitia “Tish” James, blasted through social barriers by becoming the first black woman and first woman to be elected New York’s attorney general.
Tish was born and raised in Brooklyn. Her father was a maintenance man. Her mother scrubbed floors before working her way up to customer service.
She is known as “The People’s Lawyer”. One who push the limits of her office by filing a record number of lawsuits on behalf of tenants, seniors, students with disabilities and foster children. Letitia “Tish” A. James is an American lawyer, activist and politician currently serving as the Attorney General of New York, having won the 2018 election to succeed acting attorney general Barbara Underwood.
She addressed invited supporters and several members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Westchester County Center, “I don’t apologize for taking legal risks on behalf of New Yorkers and stretching the boundaries of the law to protect the rights of individuals being abused.
None of the lawyers looked like me, but nearly all of the defendants did. Someone believed in me and gave me a cheque for $1,000 towards paying my way through college, resulting in me walking the halls of Howard University School of Law.” Tish pointed out her supporter who gave her the $1,000.00 because he believed in her.
As she walked off the stage to greet her supporters you can hear Abraham Lincoln in the rear, “Latisha James of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”