Charles Diggs, Jr. is elected to Congress, and becomes the first Black congressman from Michigan.
1954 (Nov 2)
Charles C. Diggs, Jr., was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Thirty-three-year-old Diggs was the first Black congressman from Michigan. He joined congressmen William Dawson of Chicago, who was reelected in 1954 for a seventh term; and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., of Harlem, who won his sixth term in 1954. Diggs's election marked the first time in the twentieth century in which three Blacks were serving Congress. All three were Democrats.