March 04, 2023
African American Politicians / African Americans /Blacks In Politics pt . 9 Internet Vol – 9 Oscar Depriest
First African American Congressman In The 20th Century .
Oscar Depriest was a native of Florence , Alabama but spent most of his youth in Salina , Kansas . History records that he went to Chicago Illinois in 1889 . History notes that Depriest’s father knew James T . Rapier Congressman of Alabama during the days of reconstruction and legend has it that this is how Depriest took an interest in politics .
History notes that the negro [ Dated Term ] / African American population numbered between five and six million during the days of reconstruction era . Out of that number some twenty – two African Americans / Blacks represented them in the U . S . Congress .
History records not a single African American / Black sat in the nation’s highest legislative tribunal . This all changed on April 15 , 1930 when Oscar Depriest took his seat in the U . S. House of Representatives. Osar Depriest was elected as a Republican to the 71st 72nd and 73rd Congresses .
Footnotes indicate that Oscar Depriest had a extensive career in public service . His first public office was that of County Commissioner of Chicago in which he served from 1904 to 1908 . He also was the first African American / Black member of the Chicago City Council .
Other notable milestones are Illinois Commerce Commission , delegate to several Republican National Conventions , board of directors of the then famed Binga State Bank . Oscar Depriest was a symbol of African Americans in Politics and after his election to Congress , History notes that he was in constant demand as a speaker.
He is on record for having many of his audiences to study there rights . Likewise to view campaign activity as a public duty . Although Oscar Depriest had success in business and in politics history notes that long after he maintained a keen interest in the progress of African Americans / Blacks.
Oscar Depriest’s Famous Saying / Quote ” I am of the common herd ” .
SoulTic Magazine salutes this African American Politician for his efforts to Public Service .