Kojo Asamoa-Caesar: First Ghanaian-American To Jostle For United States Congress Seat

by Duke Magazine

American educator and community leader Kojo Asamoa-Caesar has broken bounds and aspiring to achieve greater feats as he becomes the first Ghanaian-American to be vying for a seat at the U.S Congress. He won the nomination of the Democratic Party in the primaries for Oklahoma’s First Congressional District, Tulsa.

He also becomes the first-ever first-generation American, first-ever Black person to win nomination, first-ever resident of North Tulsa, and the youngest ever Democratic nominee to run for U.S. Congress.

According to a report by the New York Times, Asamoa-Caesar polled 34,380 votes representing a total vote cast of 63.6% on June 30th 2020. He will be going to the polls to challenge Republican party incumbent, Kevin Hern, in the general elections.

According to him, he is representing his district and the Black community in Oklahoma, and he would continue to drive change and invest in growth for his community. “I am running to champion solutions that meet the urgency of our problems.”

“A hundred years ago, this wouldn’t have been possible. But today, because of all of you who exercised your right to vote, and voted for change, this is possible. Change is possible and change is coming. Thank you! Onwards to November!” he said on Instagram.

Born to a nursing assistant (Mother) and a taxi driver (Father) who emigrated to the United States 37 years ago, Asamoa-Caesar founded T.R.U.S.T., an organization dedicated to developing young adults as positive change agents in their communities while in university.

The new voice of Oklahoma’s first district is a kindergarten teacher in Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Communications at Old Dominion University. He proceeded to study law at the College of William & Mary, the oldest law school in the United States.

After graduation, he had a foray into teaching, where he joined Teach for America, and later assumed the kindergarten teacher position with Tulsa in 2013. He won the Teacher of the Year award in his second year at the school.

He furthered to study education policy as a Fellow with the Urban Leaders Fellowship. He served as the founding principal of Greenwood Leadership Academy, an elementary school in North Tulsa, founded in 2017 as part of a partnership between the Met Cares Foundation and Tulsa Public Schools.

Asamoa-Caesar has also served as interim executive director at 36 Degrees North, a co-working space that serves as Tulsa’s basecamp for entrepreneurs, serving over 500 members representing over 47 different industries.

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