By Alice Henry
November 10, 2016 10:20am CST
Richmond, Virginia With all the political news going on, I was reminded today that in 1990, L. Douglas Wilder became the nation’s FIRST elected black governor when he took the oath of office in Richmond, Virginia. I live just south of Richmond, Virginia. I still see him on the news from time to time. In 1966, Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member when he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by President Lyndon Johnson. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy held the firsts presidential news conference carried live on radio and television. That was 55 years ago. My, how times have changed since then. These were a few of the political news items that I’ve heard in the last few days.
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10 Nov 16
Do you remember Little Rock? (Wikipedia) The Little Rock Nine was a group of nine African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Their enrollment was followed by the Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Orval Faubus, the Governor of Arkansas. They then attended after the intervention of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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10 Nov 16
Yes, I do remember that incident. At the time, however, I was going to high school myself, in West Virginia, and my high school was not segregated. I went to school in the late 40s and all through the 50s with "colored" children. Those children were not called "black" or "African American" I don't even know why they were called "colored". There are many different skin tones in this world. But, people are just people, no matter what color their skin is. It never made any difference to me and it still doesn't.