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Friday, November 6, 2009

Edward Brooke, Congressional Gold Medal, and the black power movement

Here is great political news. A man who I have respected since my youthful days growing up in Boston received an appropriate award last week.


Sen. Harry Reid, left, and President Obama present the medal to former Sen. Edward Brooke on Wednesday.

As reported by CNN, Edward Brooke, the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote, was honored last week with a Congressional Gold Medal. "At a time when so many doors were closed to African-Americans, others might have become angry or disillusioned," President Obama told an audience in the Capitol Rotunda, where the ceremony honoring Brooke for Congress' greatest honor was held.




Brooke grew up in segregated Washington and served in the Army during World War II. Afterward, he received a law degree from Boston University and eventually ran for attorney general of Massachusetts. Read more HERE

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