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Carol Moseley Braun (1947 - )
In From Suffrage to the Senate: America's Political Women
Democrat Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois served in the U.S. Senate from January 3, 1993 to January 3, 1999. She was the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005): Topic Page
American politician who as a U.S. representative from New York State (1969-1983) sought an end to the Vietnam War and advocated educational and social reforms.
Jesse Jackson (1941 - ): Topic Page
American civil rights leader and politician. A Baptist minister, he directed national antidiscrimination efforts (1966-1977) and sought the 1984 and 1988 Democratic presidential nominations.
Barbara Jordan (1936-1996): Topic Page
Best known as a politician, Jordan became the first African-American state senator in Texas since 1883, the first woman state senator ever (1966–1972), and the first African-American congresswoman from the South (1972–1978).
Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993): Topic Page
In 1967 President Johnson appointed him to the US Supreme Court, a post he held until 1991. The first black Supreme Court justice, Marshall was a strong voice for civil and individual rights throughout his career.
Barack Obama (1961- ): Topic Page
Few Americans have risen to prominence in American politics as quickly or as dramatically as Barack Hussein Obama, the forty-fourth president of the United States.
Colin Powell (1937- ): Topic Page
U.S. army general and government official.
Condoleezza Rice (1954- ): Topic Page
US politician, national security advisor 2001-04 and secretary of state from 2005.
Clarence Thomas (1948 - ): Topic Page
Charges of sexual harassment made the 1991 confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas (1948—), a prominent black conservative, one of the most tumultuous in the nation's history.