Political iconess Maxine Waters took home the Chairman’s Award on Saturday night (March 30) and took down the house at the 50th NAACP Image Awards with her.
The Congresswoman accepted the award with a noble speech on authority, fearlessness and reclamation in the face of adversity. Waters held back nothing in her reflection of the history she’s championed as a Black woman serving her 15th term in the House of Representatives and adversity she’s overcome. “I have the gavel and I’m not afraid to use it,” she reminded several times throughout the speech, and most notably, regarding the culprits behind recent death threats targeting her in 2018. “As for those white supremacist haters who have threatened to kill me and my family and my staff,” she declared, “I've gotten four of them convicted. If you come for me, I'm coming for you!”
Waters acknowledged that she has not forgotten about 45 either, a.k.a. White House occupant Donald Trump, who she is still actively working toward an impeachment for. With respects for the senior face of 12 Black women currently serving in Congress, there’s no question that the crowd’s laudation exploded for Waters well-deserved accolade. And the internet exploded with hoops, hollers and cheers right along with them.
See a clip from her speech below and the internet’s standing ovation for more iconic words from Auntie Maxine below:
(Photo: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for NAACP)