13. Congress has continued to expand on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Congress passed additional legislation aimed at bringing equality to African Americans, such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the last presidential election, black turnout exceeded that of whites for the first time, according to Census data.
14. The number of black elected officials has soared from fewer than 1,500 in 1970 to more than 10,500 today.
In 1993, Carol Moseley Braun became the first African American woman elected to the Senate, she ran for President in 2004, and then Mayor of Chicago in 2011.