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Whereas: Stories from the People’s House

February 12, 2020

“Every Right and Every Privilege”: Oscar De Priest and Segregation in the House Restaurant

Oscar De Priest entered the 71st Congress as the only African American in the House of Representatives. Throughout his political career, De Priest confronted racial discrimination, including in the Capitol itself as a Member of Congress.
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Oral History

Women and the Civil Rights Movement

The Honorable Yvonne Brathwaite Burke remembers women's involvement in the civil rights movement.
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