African Americans and U.S. Politics: The Gradual Progress of Black Women in Political Representation
The Review of Black Political Economy, 36(1), 29- 50, February 2009
Amadu J. Kaba, Ph.D. Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Deborah E. Ward
This paper argues that since the 1960s, African Americans have substantially increased their political participation in the U.S. political system. It claims that Blacks in the U.S. have built a strong political foundation and that their influence in the country’s political system has grown within the past four decades. The paper highlights, however, that more Black women tend to be active participants in the electoral process than Black men and that there is the potential for Black women to equal or surpass Black men in the number of elected officials within their race in the years and decades to come.