Donna Brazile: Dems on cusp of 'historic year'
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Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Donna Brazile says Democrats could be on the cusp of a historic year.

“We say this every year, but this election has consequences,” Brazile said Monday at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“If we vote, this will be a historic year,” she continued. “We need to take the right to vote seriously.”

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Brazile spoke on a panel alongside Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore and Yolanda Caraway to promote their new book, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics."

The book, authored by the four women and Veronica Chambers, shares the experiences of Brazile, Daughty, Moore, and Caraway. Together the four women have worked in politics for over thirty years.

At the panel, moderated by journalist and lawyer Star Jones, each spoke about their mentors and experiences.

Brazile jokingly told the audience she “came into this world with a big mouth.”

Asked to give advice to young women today, Brazile urged them to not be “afraid” to enter politics.

Moore, who has worked closely with Former President Clinton and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonLanny Davis says Nixon had more respect for the Constitution than Trump Clinton commemorates Sandy Hook anniversary: 'No child should have to fear violence' Sanders, Warren meet ahead of potential 2020 bids MORE and the Democratic Party throughout her life, said politics for her “was always about how can we put people in the process.”

Daughtry, two-time CEO of the DNC, also spoke about her desire to serve.

“It seemed to me that if I wanted to serve my people... the way I could do that was through the electoral [system],” she said.

Daughtry said women entering politics would face some tough choices. “You can’t have it all ... You’re going to have to make choices."

"So be careful and thoughtful about the choices you’re making because some of them can’t be undone,” she added.

The panelists also spoke about the impact their own personal mentors had on their careers; in Brazile's case that mentor was the late Coretta Scott King.

Brazile began working with King soon after she finished college.

“She was incredible,” Brazile said. “I suspect she was the organizer behind so much of what Dr. King accomplished just by the way in which she interacted with so many of the leaders I worked with.”