African American Legislative Politics in Virginia

  title={African American Legislative Politics in Virginia},
  author={Michael L. Clemons and Charles Edwin Jones},
  journal={Journal of Black Studies},
  pages={744 - 767}
Since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the number of African Americans serving in state legislatures throughout the nation dramatically increased from a mere 64 to 406 in 1988 (Joint Center for Political Studies, 1988). The emergence of a Black presence in the state legislative process provides an opportunity for the systematic advancement of African American political and socioeconomic interests. The racially based caucus has been an important mechanism in the evolution of Black… 
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