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Today we look at second set of five African American women politicians and activists who have made major contributions to the human and civil rights landscape of the 20th century. Many of these individuals are still alive and continue to work for the improvement of the status and experience of Blacks, both in the United States and abroad. Many of these works help to fight for the rights of the Black people in this country from slavery to freedom. Many of them have also participated in both the Congress and freedom struggles against the forces of bias, segregation, and relegation to second-class status; the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and the legislation of the Great Society have given many of these women the opportunity to serve their people. These women continue to fight for the rich heritage of the African Americans.

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Let us celebrate the lives and works of these women in politics and the Civil Rights movement. We now will proceed to examine the lives and works of these African American Women in more detail... GLB

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“And I think there is too much bloviating around from politicians.”
— Barney Frank

“America gets the politicians they deserve. That’s it. And you keep struggling.”
— Al Lewis

“A politician’s goal is always to manipulate public debate. I think there are some politicians with higher goals. But all of them get corrupted by power.”
— Dean Koontz

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Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
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JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumbThe 1960s was a groundbreaking era on many fronts. It saw a major push for women’s rights in all areas of life, especially the workplace and in the control of their bodies. Students were pushing for more say in their college education, especially curriculum. The United States was fighting an unpopular war in Southeast Asia — Vietnam. And, of course, there was the demand of African Americans and Hispanics for equal rights in fact, not just in theory. Martin Luther King, Jr. led marches throughout the South against the KKK and Jim Crow Laws. In California, Caesar Chavez was leading Hispanic marchers in the Table Grape Boycott to win better working conditions for California’s migrant field workers..

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A new, young president, John F. Kennedy, came on the scene with a new vision for our country. He called for our people to contribute to the betterment of the needy in other countries through Service by Peace Corp volunteers. He called on our science and engineering community to put a man on the moon, and return him safely to earth, by the end of the decade of the 1960s. But he also wanted to help improve the lot of those living in the oft-neglected urban areas of our country. To this end, he proposed a new, cabinet-level Department of Housing and Urban Development. But the Congress dominated by Republicans and conservative Southern Democrats blocked him on this move.

The idea of a separate department to provide better housing to urban dwellers was not dead. The torch was picked up and carried by President Lyndon B. Johnson following the assassination of JFK. Johnson pushed multiple pieces of Civil Rights legislation through the Congress, including the Voting Rights Act. In 1965, he was able to achieve passage of a bill to create the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As the new cabinet-level Secretary of the department, he appointed the long time urban affairs expert and administrator — Robert C. Weaver. Weaver was confirmed by the Senate and became the first African American Cabinet Member. He paved the way for other African Americans and Hispanics to make their rightful contributions to the government of this great country.

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But now, let’s get started with our exploration of the first Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, who, by the way, was an African American. Weaver was well qualified for the post by his education and experience in government from the time of the Black Cabinet created by FDR during the years of the New Deal. So, let us begin… GLB

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“Companies operating in urban communities have a tremendous ripple effect.”
— Michael Porter

“Everyone’s looking to the urban scene for inspiration now.”
— Robin Gibb

“How does he support Clinton’s urban agenda? He doesn’t know what it is.”
— Maxine Waters

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Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
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JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumbIn 1993, Carol Moseley Braun joined four other women to become a U.S. Senator. She was the first African American Women to become a Senator. African American Men had been Senators, especially during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. She was one of the two African American Senators during the 20th Century; President Obama served in the Senate during the early years of this century. She became a voice for both Blacks and Women in the Senate. She continued her Liberal Social Activist role during her one term.

We need continued voices like Braun’s in our Congress to stand up for the rights of all Americans, especially the minorities and women. While these groups technically have the rights granted to them by laws, there is often a gap between what is and what ought to be. Let’s hope that this minority groups continue to use the ballot box to continue their quest for equality instead of using more militant methods.

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For those of us who lived through the unrest of the 1960s, it has been a relief to see the legislation of Johnson’s Great Society eventually gaining the goals of equality within our society. It seems that more of the violence that we see today within our society is related to domestic (between spouses, especially over child custody) and by police overreacting during their attempts to deal with crime. Here in the LA area, we hear of police abuse or shooting (often resulting in death of the suspect) almost on a daily basis. We need a way to deal with the abuse of power in a more effective way.

But, let’s get right into our exploration of the legal and political career of Carol Moseley Braun and hope that we will see increased participation of minorities and women in our political process… GLB

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“And frankly, being a woman I think gives me a slightly different take on a lot of the issues and on a lot of the solutions to the problems we face.”
— Carol Moseley Braun

“Bush is giving the rich a tax cut instead of putting that cut in the pockets of working people.”
— Carol Moseley Braun

“I believe that our message of rebuilding America is one that will resonate with the American people.”
— Carol Moseley Braun

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