Spreading Good News (Part 291 – America’s First African-American U.S. Senator [Republican])

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TODAY’S QUOTE

ENJOY THE INNOCENCE OF CHILDREN.  ~ Joyce Fields

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TODAY’S BLOG

As promised, I will be posting African-American accomplishments beyond the month of February (Black History Month).  No matter what your ethnicity, it’s exciting to learn new and positive things about Black History, because so much of it has gone unheralded!

Hiram Revels (1822-1901)

America’s first African-American U.S. Senator (Republican)

On February 25, 1870, visitors in the Senate galleries burst into applause as Mississippi senator-elect Hiram Revels of Mississippi entered the chamber to take his oath of office. Those present knew that they were witnessing an event of great historical significance. Revels was about to become the first African-American to serve in the Senate.

Born to free black parents in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Revels became an educator and minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  During the Civil War, he helped form regiments of African-American soldiers and established schools for freed slaves.  After the war, Revels moved to Mississippi, where he won election to the state senate.  In recognition of his hard work and leadership skills, his legislative colleagues elected him to one of Mississippi’s vacant U.S. Senate seats as that state prepared to rejoin the Union.

Revels’ credentials arrived in the Senate on February 23, 1870, and were immediately blocked by a few members who had no desire to see a black man serve in Congress. Masking their racist views, they argued that Revels had not been a U.S. citizen for the nine years required of all senators.  In their distorted interpretation, black Americans had only become citizens with the passage of the 1866 Civil Rights Act, just four years earlier. Revels’ supporters dismissed that statement, pointing out that he had been a voter many years earlier in Ohio and was, therefore, certainly a citizen.

Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner brought the debate to an end with a stirring speech.  ”The time has passed for argument.  Nothing more need be said.  For a long time it has been clear that colored persons must be senators.”  Then, by an overwhelming margin, the Senate voted 48 to 8 to seat Revels.

Three weeks later, the Senate galleries again filled to capacity as Hiram Revels rose to make his first formal speech.  Seeing himself as a representative of African-American interests throughout the nation, he spoke—unsuccessfully as it turned out—against a provision included in legislation readmitting Georgia to the Union.  He correctly predicted that the provision would be used to prohibit blacks from holding office in that state.

When Hiram Revels’ brief term ended on March 3, 1871, he returned to Mississippi, where he later became president of Alcorn College.

Source:  The Internet

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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