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The First Black Woman To Crack The Senate’s Glass Ceiling Was A Member Of Delta Sigma Theta

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By Laura D. Reid

When Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Kamala Harris became Senator-Elect in California this month, she walked through a glass ceiling that had previously been broken and stood firmly on the shoulders of the great Carol Moseley Braun.

Moseley Braun, an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., was the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992.  At the time of her election, she was only the second black Senator since Reconstruction and the first African-American woman.  Representing the state of Illinois, Moseley Braun continued to break barriers by being the first woman to serve on the Finance Committee, and the second woman to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee. She has also served on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and the Small Business committees.

Although Moseley Braun served a single-term in office as a senator, she was a national symbol of change, reform, and equality with her dedication to civil rights, education, and families.  She was recognized for her efforts as the 1992 recipient of the Glamour Woman of the Year Award.

In 1993, Moseley Braun was the catalyst for convincing the Senate Judiciary Committee not to renew a design patent for the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) because it contained the Confederate flag.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois in 1947, Moseley-Braun attended the University of Illinois and earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law.  She showed an early interest in politics and began her career in public service as a prosecutor in the office of the U.S. Attorney and eventually was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, and also Recorder of Deeds for Cook County, Illinois.

Under the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, she served as the United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. Since leaving public office, Moseley Braun has taught political science at Morris Brown College and DePaul University.  She currently runs a private law firm, Carol Moseley Braun LLC, in Chicago and is a founder of Good Foods Organic, an organic food company.

“Magic lies in challenging what seems impossible.”  -Carol Moseley-Braun

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40-Minutes Of Old School Iota Phi Theta Songs That Will Make Your Day

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Time for the sweet sound of old school Iota songs.

Whether you are a new member of a seasoned brother in the bond, the following gallery of songs will soothe your soul.

Click on the arrows below to take a listen. Make sure to check out the video at the end, it includes a lot of old school songs that you may never have heard.

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Check Out These Pictures Of Cedric The Entertainer As A College Student Repping Kappa Alpha Psi In The 80s!

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You probably already knew that Cedric The Entertainer is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, but have you ever seen pictures of him as an undergrad repping the Krimson and Kreme?

We at WatchTheYard.com have obtained a photo of Cedric from back in his college days in the 80s throwing up the YO.

Ced pledged Kappa at Southeast Missouri State University in the 1984 but the picture we have of him was taken with fellow Nupes at Michigan State University.

Click on the arrows below to see more pics of Ced repping Kappa Alpha Psi!

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Check out These Vintage Photos of HBCU Women’s Sports Teams From the Early 1900s

Time for another blast from the past!

This time we have collected a list of HBCU women’s sports teams and athletic groups from the early 1900s.

Enjoy!

The women’s rifle team, Howard University, Washington DC, 1937.

Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

FAMU Students and instructors with tennis equipment. Tallahassee, Florida. 1915.

TILLOTSON COLLEGE: Women’s Basketball Team

Samuel Huston women’s basketball team.

Lifesaving practice at Howard University

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