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Minority Leader

Minority Leader

How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change

Stacey Abrams

Henry Holt and Co.



Minority Leader is a guide to harnessing the strengths of being an outsider by Stacey Abrams, slated to become the first black female governor in the U.S.

Networking, persistence, and hard work are the crucial ingredients to advancing a career, but for people like Stacey Abrams, and many in the New American Majority, it takes more than that to get ahead. Stacey, who grew up in a working poor family in Gulfport, Mississippi, rose from humble roots to Yale Law School, and through a career in C-suite businesses, to become the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives. In Minority Leader, Stacey combines aspects of memoir with real-world advice for women and people of color, offering hard-won insights for navigating worlds that, until now, were largely the territory of white men alone.

Stacey encourages her readers both to leverage otherness to their advantage and to recognize their own underlying feelings of unworthiness and legitimate fears. Sure, networking helps, but so do well-chosen mentors, thoughtful self-advocacy, and, above all, pinpointing one’s genuine passions. Stacey applies her lessons to the recent graduate taking her big idea to the startup level, the Latino city councilman eyeing the mayor’s office, and the young assistant navigating her way to a higher position. There is precious little such wisdom out there. Stacey is determined to change that.


Praise for Minority Leader

"House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly who’s now running for Georgia governor, Abrams won national acclaim for helping register voters of color in her state and getting business to recruit, train, and hire young people of color. Here, she shows readers from any marginalized population how to become their own advocates, proactively using their otherness while recognizing their fears. Not just local appeal; there are audiences other there that could really, really benefit from this book." —Library Journal

“Stacey Abrams is a deeply compassionate and thoughtful leader who is always committed to fighting for justice for the Georgians she serves...Throughout her career, I have watched her work tirelessly to build coalitions to protect the poor and middle class, fight voter suppression, and register hundreds of thousands of people to vote. Stacey Abrams is the only leader in the race who has the experience and an ambitious vision to uplift all families in our state. Georgia must seize the opportunity to be a model for our nation by electing this transformative leader, who strives to empower the people she will serve.” —Congressman John Lewis

“She knows firsthand how opportunity is too often tied to a person’s race, gender and zip code.” —Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon

“She has a real mixture both of ideas, of really good guts, and of the ability to raise the funds necessary to execute the ideas…She’s really been able to harness her brains and her heart and her past experience in a way that gives people hope in Georgia,” —Jennifer Granholm, former Governor of Michigan

“In so many ways, the system wasn’t designed to be led by someone who looks like her,” —Jessica Byrd, Three Point Strategies

“Leaders like Stacey are the ones saying yes. America is changing, but there is no reason to fear the future.”—Jason Kander, former Missouri Secretary of State and President of Let America Vote

“Struggle is struggle. There is no rural or urban way to be poor—poor is poor. The key is to make sure everybody, no matter where they hail from, feels welcome. Leader Abrams will do that.” —Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator

About the author

Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams has won national recognition for her work to register voters of color in Georgia and build Democratic power in the state, as well as her programs to recruit, train, and hire young people of color. Endorsed by EMILY’s List and civil rights legend Congressman John Lewis. Stacey Abrams is the 2012 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, and has been hailed by The New York Times as one of its “14 Young Democrats to Watch.” Abrams also spoke at the 2016 DNC.

Stacey Abrams