Today in Black History: November 8, 1966 “Edward W. Brooke Becomes the First African American Elected to the U.S. Senate for the State of Massachusetts”

On today in 1966, Edward W. Brooke became the first African American elected as U.S. Senator for the state of Massachusetts. He defeated his opponent, Endicott Peabody by a landslide. Brooke served for two terms, from 1967 to 1979. He was the only African American to hold this position in the 20th century, until 1993.

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