Carol Moseley-Braun (African-American Leaders) by Wayner D'Orio

By Wayner D'Orio

Profiles the 1st African-American lady to serve within the usa Senate, Carol Moseley-Braun, who represented the nation of Illinois from 1992 via 1998.

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Although he declined to discuss his views on many issues when questioned, Democrats assailed Thomas as being too conservative. But when Anita Hill entered the confirmation hearings, everything changed. Hill charged Thomas with sexual harassment, and during three days of testimony in front of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, both Hill and Thomas were subjected to intense questioning. With what felt like the entire nation watching, the Senate confirmed Thomas by a 52–48 vote. Eleven Democrats, including Illinois Senator Alan Dixon, voted for Thomas.

The same type of problem cropped up for President Bush in 2003 when his choice for labor secretary came under scrutiny. Linda Chavez was criticized for allowing an illegal alien to live in her house. AFRICAN AMERICANS WELCOMED IN WASHINGTON While 1992 went down as the Year of the Woman, an alternate title might have been the year of the African American. Before the 1992 election, there were 25 African Americans in both parts of Congress. After the election, which was dominated by Clinton’s win and other Democratic wins throughout the country, there were 39 African Americans in Congress.

Senate will change,” she vowed. It didn’t take long for these words to be proven right. 45 AAL_Brau_Chap 5 8/7/03 4:51 PM Page 46 5 Instant Success “I have to tell you, this vote [renewing the patent to the symbol of the United Daughters of the Confederacy] is about race. It is about racial symbolism. ” —Carol Moseley-Braun, Argumentation and Advocacy A s if her historic campaign win wasn’t enough to satisfy her, Moseley-Braun quickly got another piece of good news. Shortly after being sworn in, she was appointed to the Senate’s Judiciary Committee.

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