Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush reflects on her Black Lives Matter roots and why she ran for Congress

Representative-elect Cori Bush did not envision herself as an activist — let alone the first Black woman to represent Missouri in Congress — when she took to the streets in 2014 to protest the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Brown, a Black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, on Aug. 9, 2014. The incident sparked nationwide protests and marked a national recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I didn’t set out to become an activist. That wasn’t even a thing back then,” Bush, a former nurse and pastor who lived six minutes away from where Brown died, told ABC News’ “The Year: 2020.” “I was watching my community in rage. I was watching my community just look a way and feel a way that I was unfamiliar with.”

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