Know your history, Earthlings!
On January 10, 1967, Massachusetts Republican Edward Brooke took office as the first African-American ever to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate. Brooke, a Howard University graduate who earned a Bronze Star in World War II fighting in a segregated unit, would serve two terms in the Senate, where he was a leading proponent of affordable housing and became ranking member of the powerful Senate Banking Committee. He remains the only African-American to be reelected to the upper chamber of Congress.
Those racist Republicans sure are tricky.