Blacks in Politics, Part 1
Courtesy of the Library of Congress
Much like Shirley Chisholm, Carol Moseley Braun broke down a barrier in the legislative branch when she became the first black female Senator in 1992. In a heated three-way race with the Democratic incumbent Al Dixon and Alfred Hofeld, a wealthy personal-injury lawyer, Moseley Braun emerged as the unexpected winner. Moseley Braun is shown here (first row, left) with the other female senators elected in 1992, a year noted for the large number of women elected to the Senate. At the time of her election Moseley Braun was the only African American senator and the first African American democrat. She served for only one term and lost her bid for reelection in 1998. Moseley Braun, like Chisholm, went on to run for president. In 2004 Moseley Braun joined the wide array of Democratic candidates in the race for the presidency. Moseley Braun ultimately dropped out of the race in January of 2004 after disappointing results in the primaries. To date Moseley Braun is the only African American woman to have served in the Senate.