Coral Gables, Florida – America’s first black senator, and the oldest living senator has passed away Saturday. Edward Brooke was born in 1919 in Washington D.C. and was destined for politics from there. While attending college he joined the US Army right after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. He went on to serve 5 active years as an officer in the Army before coming home. He would eventually become the first ever elected black senator in the United States. As a Republican in the state of Massachusetts he went on to be re-elected multiple times as Senator.
America’s 1st Black Senator Edward Brooke Dead At 95
Being the first African American to be elected to a major political office in the US during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s was a big deal. From his position in Washington D.C. Brooke championed some actions to help eliminate segregation across the US. Additionally, he earned the respect of multiple presidents for his ability to get his job done. He was the type of person who refused to back down from something that mattered to him. His efforts to create fair and equal housing across the country ultimately led to the passing of the Brooke Amendment.
Edward Brooke received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bush in 2004, which was among one of his countless achievements and recognition he received for his duty to his country and his people.
In 2002 Brooke was diagnosed with breast cancer, a disease that most men are unaware they can get. He spent much of his later life devoted to helping to raise awareness of the disease in males. Despite his failing health, he continued to work hard for the betterment of his fellow man.
Though he spent most of his political career representing the state of Massachusetts, he ultimately retired to Florida. He resided in Coral Gables until his death on January 3, 2015 at the age of 95.
America’s 1st Black Senator Edward Brooke Dead At 95.