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Yearsort iconEventsSubjectCountryStateEra
2001In January President-elect George W. Bush nominates Colin Powell to be Secretary of State.  Condoleezza Rice is also appointed to the positon of National Security Advisor for the Bush Administration.  This is the first time either post has been held by African Americans. 20012001-
2001In November Shirley Clarke Franklin becomes the first African American woman to head the government of a major Southern city whe she is elected mayor of Atlanta. 20012001-
2002In March, Halle Berry and Denzel Washington win Oscars for best actress and best actor for their portrayals in Monster’s Ball and Training Day respectively. 03-012001-
2002Dennis Archer, former Mayor of Detroit, becomes the first African American to be elected President of the American Bar Association. 20012001-
2003Significant population shifts and reduced resistance to residential integration result in more African Americans living in the suburbs of Los Angeles and Seattle than in their city limits. 01-012001-
2003On June 23 the U.S. Supreme Court in Grutter v. Bollinger upholds the University of Michigan Law School's admission policy which supports affirmative action. In the simultaneously heard Gratz v. Bollinger case, the Supreme Court requires the University of Michigan to dismantle its affirmative action policy for undergraduate admissions.20032001-
2004On November 2, State Senator Barack Obama is elected to the U.S. Senate from Illinois.  He becomes the second African American elected to the Senate from that state and only the fifth black senator in U.S. history. 20042001-
2005In January Condoleezza Rice becomes Secretary of State.  She is the second woman and the first African American woman to hold the post. 20052001-
2005On August 30, Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf Coast, taking an estimated 1,700 lives.  The vast majority of the deaths are in Louisiana including heavily African American New Orleans. 20052001-
2006With the Democratic takeover of both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in the November mid-term elections, for the first time in U.S. history four African American members of Congress chair full committees in the House: Rep. John Conyers (Mi.), Judiciary, Rep. Juanita Millender McDonald (Ca.), House Administration Committee, Rep. Charles Rangel (N.Y.), House Ways and Means, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (Ms.), Homeland Security. 20062001-
2006On November 7 Deval Patrick is elected Governor of Massachusetts.  He becomes the second African American in the nation, after L. Douglas Wilder in Virginia in 1989, to be popularly elected to this position.  20062001-
2007The U.S. Supreme Court in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, and Meredith v. Jefferson County (Kentucky) Board of Education, rules that race cannot be a factor in the determination of school assignments. 20072001-
2008On March 17, David A. Paterson, is sworn in as Governor of New York upon the resignation of the prior governor, Elliott Spitzer.  Paterson is the first legally blind American Governor, the first black Governor of New York State, and only the fourth black Governor of any state. 20082001-
2008On November 4, Barack Obama of Illinois, the only sitting African American U.S. Senator, is elected President of the United States.  Obama wins the election decisively and becomes the first African American elected to this office.  2008a2001-
2009Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20. 20092001-
2009Former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael S. Steele becomes Chairman of National Republican Committee and thus effectively heads the Republican Party. 20092001-
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