The Joint Center for Political Studies reports that the number of Black U.S. elected officials rose 22 percent during 1970.
1971 (Apr 28)
The Joint Center for Political Studies in Washington reported that the number of Black elected officials in the U.S. rose 22 percent during 1970. Despite these gains, however, Black public officials still represented only about 3 percent of all officeholders in the nation. The center's director, Frank D. Reeves, commented that the 22 percent rise showed that Blacks are gaining clout more and more in the nation's electoral systems. The report also revealed that 1,860 Blacks held office as of April 1971. By comparison, in 1967 only 475 Blacks held elective offices. Nearly three-fifths of the Blacks in office were Southerners. According to the report, 711 Blacks held office in the eleven states of the old Confederacy, a 26 percent rise above the 1970 figure of 563.