First Popularly Elected Black Senator Edward Brooke Dies

The first African American to be elected by popular vote to serve in the U.S. Senate has passed away at the age of 95. Edward Brooke (R-MA) was the first black Senator to win an election after the 17th Amendment was ratified in 1913, allowing for the direct election of U.S. Senators. His victory came over a half century after the 17th amendment passed. Two previous black Senators were chosen by the Mississippi state legislature during reconstruction in the 1870s. read more