Politics

A glossary of important Black (African) American individuals from the past and present. A knowledgeable resource for all, brought to you with an artistic touch.

Julian Bond

Julian Bond

Julian Bond was an American social activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement, politician, professor and writer. While a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, during the early 1960s, he helped to establish the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

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Carol Moseley Braun

Carol Moseley Braun

Carol Elizabeth Moseley Braun, also sometimes Moseley-Braun, is an American diplomat, politician, and lawyer who represented Illinois in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1999. She is the first female African-American U.S. Senator in history.

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Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, and she represented New York's 12th congressional district for seven terms from 1969 to 1983.

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David Dinkins

David Dinkins

David Norman Dinkins is an American politician, lawyer, and author who served as the 106th Mayor of New York City, from 1990 to 1993. He was the first and, to date, the only African American to hold that office.

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Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey, Jr. ONH was a Jamaican political activist, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator. He was the founder and first President-General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL, commonly known as UNIA).

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Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan was an American lawyer, educator and politician who was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement, the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, and the first Southern African-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.

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Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney is an American politician and activist who is an Assistant Professor at North South University, Bangladesh. As a member of the Democratic Party, she served six terms in the United States House of Representatives.

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Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard is an American actress, producer, and political activist. She has been named one of the most versatile and accomplished actors of her generation.

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