SOME OF AMERICANS FIRST BLACKS TO HOLD GOVERNMENT POSITIONS

Since day one, people have always under estimated blacks. We have always had to work super hard to get what we want and even extra hard to keep what we had received. That is one of the main reasons why we continue to have successful African Americans, because we work hard to get what we want, we’re naturally hard workers.

People have always under estimated blacks. We have always had to work super hard to get what we want and even extra hard to keep what we had received. That is one of the main reasons why we continue to have successful African Americans, because we work hard to get what we want, we’re naturally hard workers.

Let’s recap of some of the Firsts by Africans Americans:

  • In 1855, John Mercer Langston became the first black local elected official. He was from Township, Ohio.
  • In 1836, Alexander Lucius Twilight of the Vermont legislature, was the first black state elected official.

  • From 1967-1971, Carl Stokes of Cleveland, Ohio was the first black mayor of the city. And the first black woman to serve as a mayor of a major U.S. city was Sharon Pratt Dixon Kelly, of Washington D.C. She served as mayor from 1991-1995.

  • P.B.S. Pinchback served as governor of Louisiana from December 9. 1872-January 13, 1873, during impeachment proceedings against the elected governor.

  • L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia was elected for governor from 1990-1994. The only other elected governor has been Deval Patrick of Massachusetts. He was elected in 2007.

  • Joseph Rainey became a Congressman from South Carolina in 1870 and was reelected four more times.

  • The first black female U.S. Representative was Shirley Chisholm. She was from New York and was in the office from 1969-1983.

  • Hiram Revels became Senator from Mississippi from February 25, 1870- March 4, 1871, during Reconstruction.

  • Edward Brooke became the first Black Senator since Reconstruction, 1966-1979.

  • Carol Mosely Braun became the first black woman Senator serving from 1992-1998 for the state of Illinois. (There have been a total of five black senators in U.S. History: the remaining two are Blanche K. Bruce [1875-1881] and Barack Obama [2005-2008].)

  • Robert C. Weaver was the first U.S. cabinet member. From 1966-1968, he served as the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Lyndon Johnson.

  • The first black woman cabinet minister was Patricia Harris, 1977, Secretary of the Department of Housing under Jimmy Carter.

  • General Colin Powell was U.S. Secretary of State Form 2001-2004.

  • The first black woman Secretary of State was Condoleeza Rice, from 2005-2009.

  • And of course on November 4, 2008 Senator Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the U.S. He is the 44th president. He beat out Sen. John McCain.