I'm Speaking: Celebrating VP Harris and The History of Blacks and their Quest for the White House



Inauguration is here and the day could not come soon enough! This week we are talking about the history of the inauguration and how Black Americans have made a run for the White House. As always, we have some activities for you to do on election day with the family.


Here is a brief history on Blacks and their quest for the towards the White House (we share these on the podcast, too)--

  • In 1888 Fredrick Douglas was the first Black person to be nominated as a presidential candidate. He only received one vote.

  • The first black to run for president on a non-major party ticket was George Edwin Taylor in 1904.

  • In 1972 Shirley Chisholm told us to bring a folding chair and she became the first Black to run for president under a major political party. Unfortunately, she did not win the nomination.

  • Jackson: But she paved the way for Lenora Fulani who was the first Black and First woman to be on the ballot in all 50 states.

  • In 2008 Barack Hussein Obama was elected as the first Black President of the United States!

  • Finally in 2020, Kamala Harris was elected as the first Black and woman Vice-President.

There is still time to listen to the podcast!



All About Kamala Harris
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All About Joe Biden
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Inauguration Day Episode Resources
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