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NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray Gives First Solo Speech on Immigration

Chirlane McCray

By Alexis Garrett Stodghill

Chirlane McCray, the new first lady of New York City, wants people to know that she’s a “G.”

In her first solo appearance since her husband, Mayor Bill de Blasio, was sworn into office, McCray addressed a crowd of hundreds at the Christian Cultural Center (CCC) in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn to support a new immigration initiative.

“I bring warm greetings from my husband, who’s my heart, my partner, and our mayor, Bill de Blasio,” McCray began, after entering to a standing ovation.

She came to announce the launch of The G Project (“G” is short for “generation”), a groundbreaking venture by The Black Institute, a new “action tank” created by renowned activist Bertha Lewis.

Lewis developed The G Project to ensure that black voices are included in the push for immigration reform.

McCray shared her personal story as the descendant of immigrants after the crowd viewed a video featuring herself and her children explaining their heritage.

“Now those are some cute kids up there, right?” McCray joked about Chiara de Blasio, 18, and her brother, 16-year-old Dante. The video described how McCray is a “G-two” in the language of the project as a second generation immigrant, while her offspring are “G-threes.” The goal of The G Project is to raise awareness of the fact that Americans of African descent represent multifarious backgrounds, demonstrating that immigration is not solely a Latino issue.

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