Black History:  Special Delivery!!

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Earlier today, we asked our Black Mail Readers:  Who was the first African American to run for President in the U.S?

1)Barak Obama

2)George Edwin Taylor

3)Shirley Chisholm

4)Jesse Jackson

The answer is #2, George Edwin Taylor.  In 1904, Taylor was selected to lead the ticket of the National Negro Liberty Party for the office of president of the United States. Born in 1857 in Arkansas, Taylor was orphaned at the age of 4 or 5 following the death of his mother.  He eventually came to reside in Wisconsin and was taken in by a black farmer whom he lived with until the age of 20.  He attended college and became very involved with labor and political movements in Wisconsin.  His political leadership lead to his being chose by the National Negro Liberty Party to represent them as a candidate for president in 1904. Click the link below to learn more about George Edwin Taylor:

http://murphylibrary.uwlax.edu/digital/taylorgeorge/

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