hulbanner2.gif (6518 bytes)

Politicians, Public Officials, News Anchors and Journalists

African Americans entered the political arena as early as 1866 when Edward G. Walker and Charles L. Mitchell  sat in the
Massachusetts legislature. From1868 to 1874, the South Carolina House legislature had a black majority, 87 blacks to 40 whites. After Reconstruction blacks had an uphill climb to gain political positions. Organizations like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Urban League, the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE),  the National Council of Negro Women, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) were instrumental in lobbying for legislation to ensure the full participation of  African Americans in the political process and the job market at local, state, and national levels.  Black newspapers helped by disseminating information that mainstream papers overlooked.  Ralph Bunche alerted blacks to the need to devote intelligent interest and effort to problems in the nation and the world.

Working in small groups, select one person from each of the five categories below and construct a common or unified timeline of the significant events in the lives of the five individuals, using the "Timeline" on the Gale Black History Month web site as a guide.

National Spokespersons


Frederick Douglass

W.E.B. DuBois

Ambassadors and Cabinet Appointees


Ralph Bunche

Patricia Harris Roberts

Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.

Colin L. Powell

Thurgood Marshall

Alexis Hermann

Jesse Brown

Larry Irving

Robert C. Weaver

Andrew Young

U.S. Senators and Congressional Leaders


Edward R. Brooke

Shirley Chisholm

Barbara Jordan

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

Louis Stokes

Albert R. Wynn

Walter E. Fauntroy

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Jesse Louis Jackson

Governors, Mayors and Councilors

Carl B. Stokes

Walter Washington
City Museum


David N. Dinkins

Marion Barry

Charlene Drew Jarvis

Sharon Pratt Kelly

Anthony Williams

News Anchors and Journalists


Frances L. Murphy

William Raspberry

Juan Williams

Ed Bradley

Clarence Page

Bernard Shaw

Carole Simpson

Back to Main Page