December 12th, 1870

800px-joseph_rainey_-_brady-handyToday in History marks the day that Joseph Rainey, in 1870, was sworn in as a United States Congressman, making him the on the second African-American to be sworn in as a member of either House (Hiram Revels being sworn in early that same year as a Senator from Mississippi) and the first to African-American to be sworn in as a Member of the House of Representatives. Today, as with February 23rd, mark milestones in American History as the progress of self-government and equality took giant leaps forward, even as the journey continued well after this man of courage and distinction passed from this life to the next. Though over 140 years later we should take a moment to remember this day and this man who was born a slave to slaves and who rose to the highest of distinctions, and remember that, for as far as we have come, we still have a long way to go as we strive to build that “More perfect Union,”

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