Harlem’s Bessie Allison Buchanan First Black Woman To Be New York State Legislature, 1940’s

bessie from harlemBessie Allison Buchanan (March 7, 1902 – September 7, 1980) of Manhattan in New York City became the first African-American woman to hold a seat in the New York State Legislature when she was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1954. Continue Reading →