1991 January 3

Eleanor Holmes Norton Becomes Member of the House as Delegate For the District of Columbia


Eleanor Holmes Norton, one of the leading African-American women of her generation, on this day became the official delegate to the House of Representatives from the District of Columbia. Her first job had been as a staff attorney for the ACLU, where she defended segregationist George Wallace when he was denied a permit to use Shea Stadium in New York City (see September 30, 1968). She was later named Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by President Jimmy Carter, on May 27, 1977.

On September 30, 1968, Eleanor Holmes Norton proved her commitment to civil liberties when, in her first job, as an ACLU lawyer, defended the First Amendment rights of segregationist George Wallace who had been denied the use of Shea Stadium by the city of New York.

See and hear Eleanor Holmes Norton on the Floor of the House: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvChXjEzoOM

Read her story: Eleanor Holmes Norton and Joan Lester, Fire in My Soul (2003)

Visit Rep. Norton’s Congressional Home Page here.

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