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"THIS TIME POLITICAL PARTICIPATION WAS TO MEAN MORE THAN
REGISTERING AND VOTING; MORE THAN SUFFERING THE HUMILIATION OF
HAVING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN TWO EVILS AT THE POLLS. THIS TIME, BLACK
POLITICAL STRATEGISTS INTENDED THAT BLACK MEN AND WOMEN SHOULD
SEEK PUBLIC OFFICE ON A LARGE SCALE, ATTRACTING BROAD-BASED,
MULTI-RACIAL SUPPORT BY AN INFORMED AND INTELLIGENT DISCUSSION OF
ISSUES THAT CUT ACROSS ETHNIC, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL LINES."

AND SO IT CAME TO PASS! POLITICS AND POLITICAL PARTICI
PATION DID BECOME THE NEW CUTTING EDGE OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT,
ALONG WITH THE BLACK ECONOMIC THRUSTS THAT HAVE AIMED AT LIBERATION
ON ANOTHER LEVEL. BUT BLACK POLITICS HAS BEEN THE MORE SPECTACULAR
OF THE TWO IN GROWTH AND INFLUENCE.

SINCE 1969, FOR EXAMPLE, BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS IN AMERICA
HAVE INCREASED IN NUMBER BY MORE THAN 152 PERCENT, OR TO MORE THAN
3,200 OFFICEHOLDERS. OF THAT NUMBER, MORE THAN 120 ARE MAYORS OF
CITIES AND TOWNS. A FULL ONE-THIRD OF THESE MAYORS PRESIDE OVER
CITIES AND TOWNS THAT ARE NOWHERE CLOSE TO BEING ALL-BLACK. AND
OF THE TOP TEN CITIES IN AMERICA BY POPULATION, BLACKS ARE MAYORS
OF THREE OF THEM -- LOS ANGELES, DETROIT, ADN WASHINGTON D.C., THE
NATION'S CAPITOL; 17 BLACK MEN AND WOMEN ARE SEATED IN THE U.S.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES; ONE BLACK MAN IS AN INFLUENTIAL MEMBER
OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE: TWO BLACK MEN ARE LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS

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Bryden Sandifer

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