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Blacks in Politics, Part 1

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Lenora Branch Fulani

Courtesy of AP

For the last thirty years Leonora Branch Fulani has been a top organizer for the establishment of an independent political movement, a movement that encourages African Americans to be less reliant on the Democratic Party. In 1979, Fulani became the leader of the newly formed independent party New Alliance Party (NAP) and in 1988 she ran for President under the NAP platform. Her campaign slogan "Two Roads Are Better than One" referred to Jesse Jackson's concurrent run for the Democratic Party nomination. She urged voters to vote for Jackson in the primaries and, if he did not receive the nomination, to vote for her in the general election. While neither candidate became president, Fulani became the first woman and the first African American to appear on the ballot in every state.

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