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Dr. Lenora Fulani campaign button
On this date in 1988, the first Black officially qualified to run for president of the United States of America since 1972.
Dr. Lenora Fulani of the New Alliance Party ran in the general election, passing the minimum 70,000 votes in every state and the District of Columbia to run. She received 217,221 of the popular vote that year. Dr. Fulani focused on issues concerning unemployment, health care, and homelessness and officially ran again in 1992. Shirley Chisholm was the first official Black woman candidate in America.