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The first African Americans to serve in the United States Congress were Republicans elected during the Reconstruction Era. After slaves were emancipated and granted citizenship rights, freedmen gained political representation in the Southern United States for the first time. White Democrats regained political power in ...


The United States Senate has had ten African-American elected or appointed office holders. The United States Senate is the upper house of the bicameral United States Congress, which is the legislative branch of the federal government of the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau defines African Americans as citizens or ...


Explore Biography.com's collection of pioneering African Americans in government and politics, including Alexander Lucius Twilight, Carol Moseley Braun, Hiram R. Revels and Amelia Boynton. View full biographies, photos, videos and more, only at Biography.com.


One of the most important aspects of Reconstruction was the active participation of African Americans (including thousands of former slaves) in the political, economic and social life of the South. The era was to a great extent defined by their quest for autonomy and equal rights under the law, both as individuals and for the ...


1855-1914. Famous for whistling and singing "The Whistling Coon" and "The Laughing Coon." Booker T. Washington. Political leader, educator, author. 1856- 1915. One of the dominant figures in African-American history from 1890 to 1915; did much to improve the friendship and working relationship between the races.


Feb 9, 2017 ... Our select #Undefeated44 list has been unwrapped. Check the receipts of why we feel these black Americans shook up the world.


Feb 29, 2016 ... Even as an African-American sits in the most powerful position in our nation, there are those who ask if African-American leadership is in crisis. Slavery and Jim Crow were easy targets. Who couldn't set their mind on freedom? The drama swirled around the method, not the result. There was no pretense of ...


Nov 29, 2016 ... Over the next four years, some new—and some familiar—players will step up to the national political stage, including the following African Americans. Some will ... whoever leads the largest Congressional Black Caucus in history—50 members—will be one of the leaders of the loyal opposition to Trump.


Jun 28, 2016 ... Barack Obama's election to the highest political office in the land in 2008 was a proud moment for many Americans. It represented another advance in the slow but steady progress blacks have made in recent decades in gaining a greater foothold in political leadership, particularly in the U.S. House of ...