Police Officer Eugene Goodman saved lives of several Senators and members of Congress a with his actions during the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by a violent mob. On Friday, February 12, 2021, US senators recognized Police Officer Eugene Goodman's courage, gave him a standing ovation for risking his own life to save theirs on January 6, and unanimously voted to award him a Congressional Gold Medal, the institution's highest civilian honor.
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.
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.”
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)