By Wayner D'Orio
Profiles the 1st African-American lady to serve within the usa Senate, Carol Moseley-Braun, who represented the country of Illinois from 1992 via 1998.
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The debate veered back toward the upcoming vote when Moseley-Braun got the floor again and pleaded with Senate members to rethink their stance on this issue. ” Senator Howard Heflin of Alabama voted against tabling the issue. But after this raft of speeches in the Senate, he spoke for those opposed, and for those who fought to make the Confederacy work more than 130 years ago. ” Senator John Chafee of Rhode Island admitted running to the chamber from lunch as word of the debate began to spread.
Many Americans find “Dixie” suggestive of pre-Civil War slavery, but also of the segregation that was widespread in the 1950s and 1960s. During the days of civil rights fights, Dixie was a rallying song for those fighting integration. Helms was a vocal opponent of racial equality at that time. Representative James E. Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, is a black man who fought the civil rights battles in the 1960s. He said: “Any gentlemanly white person would never do that. Most gentlemanly white people would not intentionally antagonize or harass a woman, be she black or white, and what he was doing was harassing that woman,” Clyburn said.
It didn’t take long for these words to be proven right. 45 AAL_Brau_Chap 5 8/7/03 4:51 PM Page 46 5 Instant Success “I have to tell you, this vote [renewing the patent to the symbol of the United Daughters of the Confederacy] is about race. It is about racial symbolism. ” —Carol Moseley-Braun, Argumentation and Advocacy A s if her historic campaign win wasn’t enough to satisfy her, Moseley-Braun quickly got another piece of good news. Shortly after being sworn in, she was appointed to the Senate’s Judiciary Committee.
Carol Moseley-Braun (African-American Leaders) by Wayner D'Orio