By Wayner D'Orio
Profiles the 1st African-American girl to serve within the usa Senate, Carol Moseley-Braun, who represented the kingdom of Illinois from 1992 via 1998.
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She felt that education of children, with a frank discussion about the implications of sex, would help achieve this goal. 62 AAL_Brau_Chap 6 8/7/03 4:56 PM Page 63 The 1992 Breakthrough • • • Moseley-Braun’s status as a nationally recognized African-American politician drew her into the debate on Elders. The White House asked her to support the surgeon general from Republican criticism. ” The senator’s support could not stem the criticism of Elders in December 1994. After several stormy days, President Clinton asked for, and received Elders resignation.
He campaigned against her by saying the Medicaid scandal was part of a “pattern of deception” that raised the “question of trust” with Moseley-Braun. ” Williamson’s campaign had already compared Moseley-Braun to Gus Savage, a notoriously anti-Semitic black congressman, and to Jesse Jackson, who uttered his infamous “Hymietown” remark eight years earlier. Williamson started gaining momentum, taking at least 10 points off Moseley-Braun’s lead in less than a month. 43 AAL_Brau_Chap 4 8/7/03 4:50 PM Page 44 CAROL MOSELEY-BRAUN To counteract his momentum, Moseley-Braun issued a statement in which she answered the charges of financial irregularities.
Four of the new minority representatives were women, Corinne Brown and Carrie Meek, both of Florida, Cynthia McKinney of Georgia, and Eva Clayton of North Carolina. But shortly after the election, even bigger gains for African Americans were made at none other than 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House. 60 AAL_Brau_Chap 6 8/7/03 4:56 PM Page 61 The 1992 Breakthrough President Clinton picked six African Americans for his Cabinet. These choices made President Clinton’s first Cabinet the most diverse Cabinet in history.
Carol Moseley-Braun (African-American Leaders) by Wayner D'Orio