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Clifton DeBerry – Socialist Workers Party Nominee – 1964, 1980

Mr. DeBerry was the first Black person to win the nomination of an already existing political party.

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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

chisholm-shirleyShirley 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.

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Dick Gregory – Freedom and Peace Party Presidential Nominee – 1968

dick_gregoryDick 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.

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Charlene Mitchell – Communist Party Presidential Nominee – 1968

charlene mitchell 1Charlene 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.

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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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