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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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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