John Parker was the candidate of the Workers World Party, a U.S. communist political party, for President of the United States in 2004. Parker and his running mate was Teresa Gutierrez received 1,330 votes .
Monica Moorehead – Workers World Party Presidential Nominee – 1996, 2000, 2016
Monica Gail Moorehead (born 1952, Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is a frequent candidate of the Workers World Party, a U.S. Communist party. An African American, she is a former school teacher, and has been a political activist since high school. She distributed newspapers for the Black Panther Party and subsequently joined the WWP in 1972. She rose to the national leadership in 1979.
Her presidential campaign in 1996 received around 29,000 votes. In 2000 she received 4,795 votes; that year she was only on the ballot in Florida, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin. On both occasions, her vice-presidential running-mate was Gloria LaRiva.
Ms. Moorehead was the ONLY black person nominated for president of the United States during the 2016 election cycle.
Isabell Masters – Looking Back Party Presidential Nominee – 1992, 1996
Isabell Masters Ph.D. (January 9, 1913 – September 11, 2011) of Topeka, Kansas, was a five-time perennial third-party candidate (Looking Back Party) for President of the United States.
Masters’ five presidential campaigns are the most for any woman in U.S. history. She was a candidate in the United States presidential election, 1984, 1992 (339 votes), 1996, and 2004 presidential elections. In 1996, she was only on the ballot in Arkansas (but also received a few votes in California and Maryland) (752 votes total, 2000).
Ronald Daniels – Peace and Freedom Party Presidential Nominee – 1992
Ronald Daniels (born 1942 or 1943) was a third-party candidate (Peace and Freedom Party) for President of the United States in the 1992 U.S. presidential election in California. His running mate was Asiba Tupahache. He was on the ballot in Iowa and Utah as the candidate of his own Campaign for a New Tomorrow Party, the Labour & Farm Party of Wisconsin, write-ins as North Central Citizens’ League/Progressive Party-1924, CCRPP, or independent in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Michigan as well as some in Iowa and Wisconsin, and in New Jersey as the Independent Party.
The African-American Vote and the 2016 Presidential Election
The Republican and Democratic party primary 2016 presidential election debates to date indicate a struggle between those candidates who cite their government or business experience and those who seek to redeem the soul of America. There is such a stark contrast between the policies discussed by Republican party candidates and those of the National Democratic Party that my comments in this blog are limited to those seeking the Democratic party’s nomination for President.
Within the Democratic party the demographics of an electoral college victory for President of the United States indicate that any candidates’ successful path to the nomination depends upon the magnitude of actual voter turn among African-Americans, Hispanic and Asians. The percentage of African-American voter population within several States in the South suggest that the African-American vote could determine the winner in the Democratic Presidential Primaries.
To date the contest for the Democratic Party’s Presidential nomination appears to be principally between the candidacies of former Secretary of State and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont. In the contest between them Clinton cites her “governing” experience while Sanders seeks to reclaim and redeem the core values and soul of the Democratic Party.
African-American Women Entrepreneurs Weigh in On U.S. Election
April 07, 2016 5:45 PM
WASHINGTON—Anne Segal remembers driving past the for-sale sign outside an ice cream shop in Laurel, Maryland, and telling her husband she wanted to try her hand at running it herself.
“As a woman, who would have thought? I come from Africa. I wouldn’t have thought I would start a business in America,” Segal said as she opens her Sweets and Treats Creamery on this sunny morning.
The last year has not been without its challenges for Segal, who left Uganda 25 years ago to start a new life in the United States.
After leaving a corporate job to focus on family – Segal is the mother of a young daughter – she used her family’s savings to get the year-old ice cream shop off the ground.
“It’s so easy for a man to go to the bank and they give him a loan. Me, a woman: ‘What do you do?’ ‘Oh, I am a housewife.’ ‘Oh, yeah, really?’ Nobody’s going to give you a loan,” Segal said.
Lenora Fulani – New Alliance Party Presidential Nominee – 1988, 1992
Dr. Lenora Fulani became the first woman and first African American to appear on the ballot in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. With her poll standings never high enough for participation in televised debates, she won 225,000 votes, or 0.2% of the November total. Although infinitesimal, this was the highest number of votes for a female presidential candidate in a general election.
Dennis Serrette – New Alliance Party Nominee – 1984
Dennis L. Serrette, born in Harlem, New York in the 1940s, was the New Alliance Party candidate for United States President in the 1984 presidential election. His running mate was Nancy Ross.
Mr. Serrette has been a union activist since 1964. In 1972 he became a founding member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. He was also a vice president of a local of the Communication Workers of America and is currently the CWA’s Education Specialist. At present, he is also the president of the United Association for Labor Education.
Jesse Jackson, Sr. – Democratic Party Presidential Candidate – 1984, 1988
Jesse Jackson’s 1984 campaign sought to bring together a “Rainbow Coalition” of African Americans, Hispanics, the poor, the elderly, family farmers, and women that would challenge the conservative policies of president Ronald Reagan. Rev. Jackson placed third out of ten candidates for the Democratic nomination with more than 3 million primary votes. He won primaries or caucuses in four states and the District of Columbia. Jackson’s campaign made enormous progress by building on Chisholm’s legacy. His 1984 campaign registered nearly 2 million voters of all racial backgrounds. By registering so many new voters, Jackson expanded the Democratic Party’s base. He also inspired African American voters. Exit polls showed that nearly 12% of all Black voters were participating for the first-time. Jackson’s campaign won him a speaking slot at the 1984 Democratic Convention, which provided a national platform for him to present his agenda. In his 1988 campaign, Jackson increased his support to 6.9 million primary votes and won 9 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Larry Holmes – Worker’s World Party Presidential Nominee – 1984, 1988
Larry Holmes was the highest official of the Workers World Party, holding the position of First Secretary, and a member of the party Secretariat. He founded the Millions for Mumia movement, which seeks the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal, and co-founded the anti-war movement International ANSWER. He was a strong supporter of Immigrants Rights, and Black and Brown Unity.
He twice ran for President of the United States on the Workers World Party (WWP) ticket, in 1984 and 1988. He was the Vice Presidential candidate of the WWP in 1992.