Blazing the Trail: African-American Political Firsts

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Paving the Way

Since 1836, accomplished African-Americans have blazed a trail of political firsts. BET.com takes a look at their amazing accomplishments.  Joyce Jones   

Loretta Lynch became the first African-American woman to serve as U.S. attorney general when she was confirmed by the Senate on April 23, 2015. She was sworn in on April 27. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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