Ron Brown Elected Chairman of the Democratic Party Feb10

Ron Brown Elected Ch...

1927 – Ron Brown elected Chairman of the Democratic Party Attorney Ronald Brown was elected national chairman of the Democratic Party and became the first African American to hold the post. Brown was later appointed Secretary of Commerce under the Clinton administration in 1994. He...

Colin Powell Named Secretary of State Jan20

Colin Powell Named S...

2001 – First Black Secretary of State Colin Luther Powell is sworn in by President George W. Bush as Secretary of State. He is the first black secretary of state in U.S. history. 1977 –¬†William T. Coleman Steps down as Secretary of Transportation On this date William T. Coleman...

Hiram Revels Elected Senator Jan20

Hiram Revels Elected...

1870 – Hiram Rhodes Revels elected senator Hiram Rhodes Revels elected senator (from Mississippi), becoming the first Black US Senator in the US 1936 – Barbara Jordan was born Congresswoman, Barbara Jordan was born, 1936 1947 – Josh Gibson Baseball’s Josh Gibson Negro...

P.B.S. Pinchback elected to the U. S. Senate. Jan14

P.B.S. Pinchback ele...

1873 – P.B.S. Pinchback Elected to the Senate P.B.S. Pinchback elected to the U. S. Senate. He had previously served as the Governor of Louisiana when then incumbent Governor Henry Warmoth was impeached. Pinchback was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and thus when he was...

Robert Weaver Appointed To a Presidential Cabinet Jan13

Robert Weaver Appoin...

1966 – First Black Appointed To a Presidential Cabinet Robert Weaver became the first Black appointed to a presidential cabinet when he was named to serve as the Secretary Department of Housing and Urban Development President Lyndon B. Johnson. The department was newly created and he...

Douglas Wilder is Sworn in as Governor of Virginia Jan13

Douglas Wilder is Sw...

1990 – Lawrence Douglas Wilder of Virginia is Inaugurated as the First Black Governor On this date in 1990, Lawrence Douglas Wilder of Virginia is inaugurated as the first Black to be elected governor in the United States. Wilder was elected in Virginia by a margin of approximately 7,00...

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