African-American Political Leaders by Charles W. Carey

By Charles W. Carey

This quantity summarizes the lives and political careers of greater than one hundred eighty vital African americans inquisitive about politics. Entries current uncomplicated biographical info and concentrate on what the individual did that was once very important whereas she or he held (or ran for) workplace.

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In 1963 he decided to do what he could to solve these problems by running as a Democrat for city council. Although his district was two-thirds white, his experience on the LAPD and his stand on the issues impressed the voters, who elected him, thus proving that the city’s biggest problems transcended race and ethnicity. As a councilman, he proved to be adept at building coalitions among a variety of groups, thus getting them to see past their differences and focus on their common problems. As the first black city councilman, however, he also worked to diminish racism in the LAPD; he was a vocal critic of the department’s performance during the Watts riots in 1965, which saw the deaths of 34 people and the destruction of millions of dollars’ worth of property.

House of Representatives. First, Congress was rocked by a financial scandal. One of the benefits each senator and representative receives is a free checking account with overdraft protection. It was disclosed that hundreds of congresspeople had abused their privilege by being seriously overdrawn, in effect taking out unsecured, interestfree loans at taxpayer expense. The worst offenders faced the ire of their constituents at election time, and one of these offenders was Charles Hatcher, who represented Bishop’s district.

Downloaded April 1, 2009. , ed. Facts On File Encyclopedia of Black Women in America. New York: Facts On File, 1997. Bond, Julian (Horace Julian Bond) (1940– ) Georgia state senator Julian Bond is perhaps the most perplexing African-American political leader of all time. Handsome, witty, and articulate, he is the first black to have his name placed in nomination for national office by a major political party. Less than a decade later, he had dropped from sight on the national political scene. Bond’s interest in politics seems to have been motivated mostly by his larger interest in civil rights, while his personal ambitions tend more toward the “quiet arts” of poetry and scholarship.

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