Democratic Gov. Wes Moore made history Wednesday, officially assuming office as Maryland’s first Black chief executive during a ceremony at the state’s capitol building in Annapolis.
But for Moore — the nation’s third Black governor and the only one currently serving — the road to the office was about more than breaking the glass ceiling.
“This journey has never been about making history,” said Moore, an Army veteran, author and former nonprofit director, during his inaugural address. “It’s about marching forward. Today is not an indictment of the past. Today is a celebration of our collective future.”
Moore was sworn in using two Bibles, one of which belonged to abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The new governor wasn’t Maryland’s only history-maker Wednesday: His lieutenant governor, Aruna Miller, became the state’s first woman of color and first immigrant to take on that role. And earlier this month, Anthony G. Brown became Maryland’s first Black attorney general, while Brooke Lierman became the first woman to serve as comptroller.
The son of a Jamaican immigrant, Moore ran on a pledge to “leave no one behind,” campaigning on a set of progressive policies such as raising the minimum wage, increasing clean energy initiatives and