Gen. Lloyd J. Austin at the Pentagon on Jan 22, 2021

On Friday, January 22, 2021, US Senators overwhelmingly have approved General Lloyd J. Austin as Defense secretary. Confirmed by the Senate  as Defense secretary  by a vote of 93-2,  Gen Lloyd J. Austin becomes the first Black American in charge of the Pentagon.

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Congratulation Ceremonies for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Delaware, November 7, 2020

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has been sworn in as the 46th US President  and Kamala Harris, as the Vice-President. They took office at a moment of major events, crises, and aspirations in the United States of America:  healthcare crisis,  profound economic challenges, and political crises, cries for  unity and racial justice, and  after a tumultuous four years that shattered  the fabric of American society.  Starting his Inaugural Address, President Joe Biden said: This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day.”

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Congratulation Ceremonies for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Delaware, November 7, 2020

US President-Elect Joe Biden has appointed Dr  Susan Rice to lead the White House Domestic Policy Council. The surprising appoitment elevates the position to cabinet level. Dr. Susan Rice, AfroAmerica Network Black Woman of Year 2011,  was long considered a contender for the Secretary of State position, until the position was given to Anthony Blinken. However, as indicated in our report, the nomination to that position could have created challenges  in the Senate confirmation (see AfroAmerica Network: Joe Biden's Top Women VP Pick: Rwanda in the Middle of the Vetting Process

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Congratulation Ceremonies for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Delaware, November 7, 2020

US President-Elect Joe Biden has continued to  nominate members on his team, as he gets closer to the ed of the year.  On Monday , December 7, 2020, he announced the nomination of Defence, Health Care, and COVID-19 advisory team candidates.  The new nominations continue, if nominees are confirmed,  to break  racial and gender barriers as promised by Joe Biden during the campaign. 
In the new nominations, one of the key candidates is  Dr. Anthony  Fauci, a familiar figure who will remain Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is adding to his title Chief Medical Adviser on COVID-19.  Another nominee who will be at the top of the dicussions is Gen. Lloyd Austin, a retired general, to Head the Defense Department. If confirmed, Gen Lloyd Austin will be the first Black to be Secretary of Defense.

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