Andrew Pulley (born May 5, 1951) is a former American politician who ran as Socialist Workers Party (SWP) candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1972; at the time he was twenty years old, making him ineligible under the United States Constitution. Along with Presidential candidate Linda Jenness he received 52,799 votes. At the time he ran he was a civil rights movement supporter, steel mill worker and Vietnam War veteran who’d opposed the war. He was the was the SWP candidate for President in 1980. He received 40,105 votes.
George E. Taylor – National Negro Liberty Party Presidential Nominee – 1904
In 1892, Mr. George E. Taylor was positioned as an Independent Republican. He, along with Frederick Douglass and Charles Ferguson carried recommendations from Black Independent Republicans to the Platform Committee of the National Republican Party. That committee rejected ALL of their recommendations. Mr. Taylor’s 1904 campaign was unsuccessful. The National Negro Liberty’s promise to put 300 speakers on the stump supporting his candidacy did not materialize.
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Clennon W. King, Jr. – Independent Afro-American Party Presidential Nominee – 1960
Mr. King won 1, 485 votes in Alabama which was the only state where he was on the general election ballot. He is considered by some to be the first African-American man to run for the office of President of the United States, and whose attempts at civil rights actions and running for office as a perennial candidate caused him to be nicknamed “The Black Don Quixote.”
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Shirley Chisholm – Democratic Party Candidate – 1972
Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman to serve in the United States Congress. An early education expert, Shirley Chisholm was elected to the New York Legislature in 1964 and to Congress in 1968. She ran for president in 1972, winning 152 delegates before she withdrew. Shirley Chisholm served in Congress until 1983. During her congressional career, Shirley Chisholm was noted for her support for women’s rights, her advocacy of legislation to benefit those in poverty, and her opposition to the Vietnam war.
Dick Gregory – Freedom and Peace Party Presidential Nominee – 1968
Dick Gregory ran for President of the United States in 1968 as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party, which had broken off from the Peace and Freedom Party. He garnered 47,097 votes (including one from Hunter S. Thompson) with fellow activist Mark Lane as his running mate in some states, David Frost in others, and Dr. Benjamin Spock in Virginia and Pennsylvania garnering more than the party he had left. The Freedom and Peace Party also ran other candidates, including Beulah Sanders for New York State Senate and Flora Brown for New York State Assembly.
Charlene Mitchell – Communist Party Presidential Nominee – 1968
Charlene Alexander Mitchell (born c. 1930) was an African-American international socialist, feminist, labor and civil rights activist. Formerly a member of the Communist Party USA, which she joined at 16 – emerging as one of the most influential leaders in the party from the late 1950s to the 1980s.
3 Dynamic Ways Black Millennial Women Are Influencing The 2016 Election
Guest post written by: Christine Carter
I’m a lover of politics, born coincidentally on the same date as Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump (June 14). It’s also a birthday we share with many more politicians around the world, including Henry Gardner, Robert M. La Follette Sr. and Paul Boateng.
I attribute this to my predetermined interest in politics; as a teen I participated in school elections. Six years before President Obama was elected, I believed I had the best grassroots political campaign: in high school my friends hung my campaign posters in hallways and shouted my slogan, “Vote Chrissy E. for Secretary!”
I used to think political enthusiasm was rare for a 20-something black woman, I no longer do. Today, black millennial women are more engaged with the issues and tragedies facing our race and times because we’re more engaged with each other via digital media and social networks. Dismissing the controversies that frustrated black women in previous years must have been easy for candidates, but our newfound engagement has led to enragement.
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