Black History Trailblazers of the 1960s: Edward Brooke, The Senator

In our ongoing celebration of Black History Month, we look back at some of the leaders, icons and pop culture juggernauts that helped to bring diversity, equity, inclusion and representation to the forefront of the American landscape — like these men and women who left their indelible mark on the 1960s.


The first session of the U.S. Senate convened on March 4, 1789 in an elegant chamber of New York City’s Federal Hall. Although only eight of the 22 eligible senators were present, they were all white men. Sadly, the troubling racial legacy established that day persisted for 178 more years, with the U.S. senate continuing to be made up of all white representatives, despite the nation’s varied and diverse population.

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