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7 Barrier-Breaking Black Politicians We Are Rooting For

The Huffington Post | Zahara Hill | Posted 02.13.2017 | Black Voices

This February, HuffPost Black Voices is honoring black men and women who are paving the way to a better future for black America. We are highlighting ...

What Happens When the Protests Are Over?

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 06.01.2016 | Black Voices
Harold A. McDougall

Recent events in Baltimore are a reminder of the need to build "civic infrastructure" in inner-city communities like Sandtown, the neighborhood in which Freddie Gray lived, a neighborhood I studied closely.

Six Black Politicians You Probably Didn't Learn About In School

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

African-Americans have been monumental -- and often controversial -- forces in the political realm since Reconstruction. Americans are hip to Marti...

How Black Politicians Sell Out To Big Business

Florida Courier | Posted 06.05.2014 | Black Voices

Ever wondered what the staffers of Congressional Black Caucus members do after their stints on Capitol Hill? The answer, according to a Huffington Pos...

Biden: 'I May Be A White Boy, But I Can Jump'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted a reception honoring Black History Month at the Naval Observatory on Tuesd...

The Reactionary Nature of Black Politics

Pascal Robert | Posted 07.11.2013 | Black Voices
Pascal Robert

The image above is the cover jacket from Professor Frederick C. Harris' excellent book, "The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Declin...

Black Politicians Stymied In Obama Era | Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices

More than five years after Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses and demolished the notion that white voters wouldn’t support a black presidential cand...

Progress For Black Politicians Remains Elusive In Obama Era

Politico | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

More than five years after Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses and demolished the notion that white voters wouldn’t support a black presidential cand...

A Strong Signal From Gov. Haley

Clifford L. Alexander, Jr. | Posted 02.17.2013 | Black Voices
Clifford L. Alexander, Jr.

Sunday, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley appointed a black man, Rep. Tim Scott, to the vacant South Carolina Senate seat. It's an excellent signal to her party that it must, in appointive and legislative positions, recommend candidates who will attract the support and votes of black people.

Tell Us: Were The Attacks Against Mia Love Racially Or Politically Motivated?

Posted 09.28.2012 | Black Voices

Recently, Republican mayor of Utah and GOP congressional candidate, Mia Love, received an especially hateful care package filled with some disturbing ...

VOTES ARE IN: Who Is The Most Influential Black Politician?

Posted 08.31.2012 | Black Voices

It's time for the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention to take over our timelines. As these conventions are underway, we...

Where Up-And-Coming Black Politicos Went To School

The Huffington Post | Gene Demby | Posted 10.05.2012 | Black Voices

In keeping with BlackVoices' back-to-school theme this month, we decided to take a look at the college backgrounds of some rising political stars....

Why Black Firsts Matter

Michele Elam | Posted 01.09.2012 | Black Voices
Michele Elam

Wikipedia may keep a running tab on "African American firsts" but apart from maintaining a historical record, why should they really matter at all in this so-called post-Civil Rights, post-race era?

Did a White Sheriff and District Attorney Orchestrate a Race-Based Coup in a Northern Louisiana Town?

Jordan Flaherty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jordan Flaherty

In Waterproof, Louisiana, the African American mayor and police chief assert that they have been forced from office and arrested as part of an illegal coup carried out by an alliance of white politicians.

Statewide Races a Challenge for Black Politicians?

Pamela Gentry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pamela Gentry

As recent as 2006, three African-Americans ran for high-profile statewide office on the Republican ticket and all were defeated by considerable margins.

Obama: 2008; Stokes: 1967

Kenneth McGee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kenneth McGee

In 1967 Carl Stokes was elected the first black Mayor of a major American city. He ran before and lost. The astonishing difference, for me, between then and now, is the huge support among white people for Obama

The African American Patriotism Quandary

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leonce Gaiter

America is asking black politicians to prove that they will not use African-America's brutal and humiliating historical experience to guide their behavior.