Texas Tech University

Celebrating Black History: Politics


African American politicians and leaders have been on the front lines of many political movements in the United States since 1836 when Alexander Twilight became the first African American elected to public office when he won a seat in the Vermont legislature. In everything from emancipation to the Voting Rights Act, from healthcare to educational reform, segregation to women's rights, black politicians have fought to have their voices heard and their experiences recognized.

Texas State Historical Association: African Americans and Politics

Fannie Lou Hamer Bio : speech at the DNC

Shirley Chisholm Bio


Chisholm footage from Women Make Movies