Historic News as Shaw and CIAA Head to Baltimore, MD

You Are Here:
Historic News as Shaw and CIAA Head to Baltimore, MD
Maryland Governor Wes Moore and family
(R-L) Maryland Governor Wes Moore, his son James Moore, first lady Dawn Moore and daughter Mia Moore watch a flyover by the Air National Guard 104th Fighter Squadron during Moore’s inauguration ceremony on the west side of the Maryland State House on January 18, 2023 in Annapolis, Maryland. Moore was sworn in on a bible that once belonged to former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The 63rd governor of Maryland, Moore defeated Republican nominee Dan Cox to become the first Black governor of Maryland and only the third Black person to be elected governor in the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Governor Wes Moore and Maryland’s first lady talk historic rise

“This journey has been so improbable,” said Maryland Governor Wes Moore in a sit-down interview with theGrio.

A new era has begun in Maryland as Wes Moore has officially been sworn in as the first Black governor of the state. The 44-year-old political newcomer took the oath of office Wednesday at the Maryland state capital of Annapolis.

Maryland Governor Wes Moore
Maryland Governor Wes Moore pumps his fist as he, first lady Dawn Moore (C) and Chelsea Clinton attend his inauguration ceremony at the Maryland State House on January 18, 2023 in Annapolis, Maryland. Moore was sworn in on a bible that once belonged to former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Democrat Moore defeated Republican nominee Dan Cox to become the first Black governor of Maryland and only the third Black person to be elected governor in the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“This journey has never been about making history. It’s about marching forward,” said Gov. Wes Moore moments after being sworn in. “Today is not an indictment of the past. Today is a celebration of our collective future.”

Moore is the third Black man in the nation’s history to serve as state governor. He is currently also the sole African-American governor in the United States.

The elevation of Maryland’s new executive to the governor’s mansion happened as a result of a diverse pool of voters; however, Moore told theGrio this historical moment would also not be possible without the support of his wife Dawn Moore. 

“[Dawn] has always been there,” said Moore. “I remember we started this thing … literally polling at 1 percent.”

As Mrs. Moore sat next to her husband, Wes Moore said, “I could not have done it without her.” Maryland’s governor also beamed about how the state is “falling in love with their new first lady.”

During the sit-down interview, the new first couple appeared like college sweethearts as they held hands, leaned in close, and were unapologetic about their glowing affection for one another.

Moore recalled one of the hardest times of his campaign was when Dawn put her hand on his face and said, “you’re doing this because you’re going to win.”

Dawn Moore’s unwavering support has been a constant throughout their 16 years of marriage. When asked if she ever expected that she would end up in the Maryland governor’s mansion, the new first lady recalled their wedding vows.

“When we got married we wrote our own vows. He said to me, ‘I promise to keep this fun and exciting’ – and he never lied!” said Mrs. Moore. 

The Moore family was able to tour their new home for the next four years ahead of Wednesday’s inauguration after receiving an invitation from outgoing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. For the first time since it was designated as the residence of Maryland’s governor in 1870, Government Mansion will be occupied by a Black first family. Gov. Moore beamed over the sight of seeing their 11-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son exploring the halls of their new dwelling place.

Moore said, “Watching these two little Black children running around the house, picking out which room was going to be theirs,” deeply resonated with him. He also recognized the parallels between his family and another historical Black family: The Obamas.

  • – This post was orignally published on The Grio.

Related Articles:

Congratulations! Toughness plus talent has landed ShawU alumna Jessica Hawkins in the CIAA Hall of Fame.
The Eastern North Carolina Career Alliance (ENCCA) invites you to participate in our annual Career Fair. Students and alumni of all ENCCA institutions are invited to attend.
The Mister & Miss CIAA Scholarship Competition recognizes two individuals who stand out in the areas of professionalism, academics, school involvement and public service. Vote for Mister & Miss Shaw University!
We want to share some exciting news with you about the future aspirations for our beloved campus.
Watch as Dr. Sharrelle Barber reflects on the radical legacy Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the Shaw University Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. 
A new era has begun in Maryland as Wes Moore has officially been sworn in as the first Black governor of the state. The 44-year-old political newcomer took the oath of office Wednesday at the Maryland state capital of Annapolis.