New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other young politicians of colour in the US are pushing a progressive agenda on the US political stage [File: Scott Morgan/Reuters]

Yearning for change, a group of progressive Black Democratic congressional hopefuls in the United States is rushing towards the national stage, igniting rank-and-file enthusiasm in a party dominated by ageing white leaders.

Charles Booker, 35, a first-term Kentucky state legislator who grew up poor, is vying for a Senate nomination against a rival who has outraised him 40 to one with the backing of national Democratic leaders. There is also Jamaal Bowman, 44, an educator and political neophyte seeking a New York congressional seat by trying to topple the House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, who has

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