A Century Of Black Life, History And Culture We’ve Come A Long Way, But We Still Have A Long Way To Go

1 col blanche-k-bruce-1841-1898-everett First African American to actually serve in Congress Hiram R. Revels.

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
African Americans have come a long way in this country since the 19th Century. But there are great strides to be made if we are to realize our political strength. We have a very long way to go.
Without political strength the African American community can never realize its economic strength. And now is the time that we need to realize our economic strength since African American spending power is expected to reach $1.1 trillion dollars by the end of the year. Although we have the spending power down to a science we must couple our vote and political strength to realize those gains.
Politically many would say that from the election of the first African American Mayor in 1868 to the swearing-in of the first African American President and his re-election we have reached the mountain top and there is really no where to go from here. Those with that mentality are dead wrong.


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