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Georgia County Commissioner Took Her Oath of Office Over Malcolm X Autobiography Held by Mother

She raised her free hand into a fist as she was sworn in.

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Newly-elected commissioner Mariah Parker took the oath of office for Georgia's District 2 County Commissioner in a decidedly personal way.

Parker had her mom, Mattie Parker, hold a copy of  "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" for her to swear upon as she raised a fist with her free hand.

"It's time for a new vision for Athens, one where we finally address the poverty and discrimination that hold our community back," Parker wrote on her campaign website.

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The Georgia Alliance for Social Justice posted a supportive message of Parker's swearing-in, writing, "This is what America is about to look like."

Chris Sosa is the Senior Editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.