After several freedom rights where granted through reconstruction came the right for Black Office Holders. Never before this did African Americans had the power in directly controlling reconstruction politics or any type of politics. However, during reconstruction changes emerge which eventually permitted about 2000 African Americans to become a part of public offices. Despite the fact that some black office holders never experienced slavery; majority were ex- slaves and earned and establish their headship within the black community through serving.
The freedom for black office holders were definitely recognized prior to 1877. “In 1870, Hiram Revels became the first black senator in American history”. Then after, in 1875 an ex-slave named Blanche K. Bruce also was elected for a senate position. In addition, throughout reconstruction approximately 700 blacks took up sets in state legislature and “fourteen were elected to the national House of Representatives”. Furthermore, in 1872-1873 a young man named Pinckney Benton Stewart provided a minor contribution as America’s first black governor.
After 1877, only Edward William Brooke, Carol Mosely Barun, Barack Obama and Ronald Wallace Burris held seats in the senate, respectively. Recently, in 2008 Barack Obama stunned the world by becoming the first African American president in the history of the United States.