Delaware woman to introduce Obama
Quincy Lucas, a Delaware woman whose sister was killed in Catonsville in 2003, has been tapped to introduce President-elect Barack Obama in Baltimore. Her sister, Whitney, was a second-year resident in psychiatry at the University of Maryland Medical Center when she was found smothered to death in her home. Her ex-boyfriend, James William Buie, was charged in her death. Lucas became a domestic violence advocate and gave one of the nomination speeches for Vice-president elect Joe Biden at last summer's Democratic National Convention. (Biden was a driving force behind the Violence Against Women Act). Here's what Lucas said at the convention:
My name is Quincy Lucas. My sister Witney was my best friend. In 2003, she was murdered at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. I later learned that she was one of 58 women who lost their lives to domestic violence in Maryland alone that year.
Violence against women often happens in the shadows, out of public view. Since that time, I’ve devoted my life to bringing it into the light. But I can only speak so much. I realize that sometimes to change lives, you have to change the law.
Joe Biden heard my story. In 1994, he wrote the Violence Against Women Act, so every woman would have a place to turn for support. He’s constantly making sure it has the funding it needs. And today, countless women get a second chance at life because of Joe Biden. So it is in memory of my sister and in the name of women all across this country, that I’m proud to place into nomination the name of Joe Biden to be our next vice president. Thank you.