Lucy Flores was born into an impoverished family of 13 children, abandoned by her mother in grade school, fell into a gang, was sentenced to youth prison and dropped out of high school. Now, she’s a lawyer and legislator, and currently running for lieutenant governor of Nevada.
"As you know, I don’t have the typical background of most politicians. I think it’s important to keep in mind that no matter your past, it is possible to change your future. I realized that education was the key to my future and I had incredible mentors in my life who encouraged me along the way. I encourage young women to seek out their dreams and find people to support them in their pursuits."
- Lucy Flores #Women2014
FERGUSON, Missouri — Michael Brown never made it to his first day of college. He never wore his student ID badge through the doors of the tech school here, never saw the syllabus outlining his first class. He had dreams of mastering a trade, becoming an electrician to heat and cool spaces. Maybe one day he’d even open up his own business.
Brown was just two days away from his first class at Vatterott College when he was shot dead by a police officer in the middle of the street. As the community roils over Brown’s death and his family mourns, students at the tech school Brown was supposed to attend are left wondering: Who could Mike Brown have been?
(Photo: David Goldman/AP)
Don’t let anyone stop you from doing what you like. Just keep dreaming, go for it. — Mo’Ne Davis, the 13-year-old Little League superstar who is making history with her new Sports Illustrated cover.
John McCain busts a move with Jamie Foxx in the Hamptons.
Elizabeth Warren is saved by the bell when asked about 2016.
George W. Bush accepts the #IceBucketChallenge.
WATCH this week’s Overheard on the Hill: Awkward Moments in Politics.
"Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm once said that ‘tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.’ You don’t need permission from anyone, and you don’t need anyone to validate your work or your talent—just go for it!"
- Nina Turner #Women2014
This Week in History: On August 18, 1963, James H. Meredith became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Mississippi. Pictured here, Meredith, center, is escorted by federal marshals as he arrives for registration at the all-white University of Mississippi, in Oxford, Miss., on September 30, 1962. (AP)
“Don’t wait to be asked to run. You have insight, skills and experience that should be part of the political dialogue.”
- Aimee Belgard #Women2014
Chris Hayes reports an influx of “I Heart Ferguson” paraphernalia on the ground in the city where unarmed teen Michael Brown was killed by a policeman last week.
For more on the ground reporting from Ferguson, visit our Storify.
Violence continues to erupt in Ferguson, Mo., more than a week after the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by policeman Darren Wilson. The 18-year-old’s family demands justice be brought to their son with the arrest of the six-year veteran officer. Protesters have clashed with authorities as control over security shifted from local police to St. Louis County officers to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Gov. Jay Nixon has since called in the Missouri National Guard. And the Brown family continues to prepare for the teenager’s funeral arrangements amid completion of three separate autopsies.