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The Honorable Carol Moseley Braun

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
U.S. Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mountains
Favorite Quote:
Do the best you can with what you have.

Birthplace

Born:
8/16/1947
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
U.S. Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mountains
Favorite Quote:
Do the best you can with what you have.

Birthplace

Born:
8/16/1947
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Carol Moseley-Braun was born in Chicago to Edna, a medical technician, and Joseph Moseley, a Chicago police officer, in 1947. Her parents emphasized the importance of education and the necessity of hard work throughout Carol's childhood and she learned these lessons well. A self-motivated individual even as a youth, Carol Moseley-Braun worked in the post office and in grocery stores in order to finance her own education after high school. Her diligence earned her a law degree from the University of Chicago, which the ambitious young woman received with honors.

Carol Moseley-Braun worked for three years as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office. Her success as a prosecutor earned her the United States Attorney General's Special Achievement Award. Then, in 1978, Moseley-Braun was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, where she immediately earned a reputation as an uncompromising stateswoman. Her legislative legacy has been her ability to build coalitions comprised of people of all races who are committed to the same principles of efficient government. During her first election for State Representative, Carol Moseley-Braun pledged to make education her top priority. She was the chief sponsor of the 1985 Urban School Improvement Act, which created parents' councils at every school in Chicago. Other education legislation sponsored by Moseley-Braun included a 1980 bill that provided higher salaries for teachers and professors. After only two terms in the House, Carol Moseley-Braun was selected to become the first woman and the first African American in Illinois history to serve as Assistant Majority Leader.

As the late Mayor Harold Washington's legislative floor leader, Carol Moseley-Braun was the chief sponsor of bills to reform education and to ban discrimination in housing and private clubs. For each of her ten years in the legislature, Carol Moseley-Braun received the "Best Legislator" award given by the Independent Voters of Illinois - Independent Precinct Organization.

On November 3, 1993, Carol Moseley-Braun was elected to the United States Senate. Her victory represented the opening of a new world of opportunity to African Americans, as she was only the second African American elected to the U.S. Senate. Upon taking office, she was named to the Judiciary Committee; the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee; and the Small Business Committee. During her term, Carol Moseley-Braun was a strong champion of health care and education reform. In 1994, she authored the Educational Infrastructure Act, which was designed to channel education funds into the areas most needed by low-income communities.

Such measures emphasize Carol Moseley-Braun's tireless fight for the creation of social programs that directly address the needs of a district rather than those that merely promote a political agenda. In 1999, President Clinton appointed Carol Moseley-Braun United States Ambassador to New Zealand. Currently, Moseley-Braun teaches at DePaul University in Chicago and Morris Brown College in Atlanta, where she also serves as vice president of the consulting firm GoodWorks International.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Carol Moseley Braun recalls her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Carol Moseley Braun remembers her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Carol Moseley Braun shares memories from her early life in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Carol Moseley Braun details her family's diverse cultural pursuits
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Carol Moseley Braun describes her childhood personality and interests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Carol Moseley Braun remembers an influential teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Carol Moseley Braun recalls attending Francis W. Parker Community Academy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Carol Moseley Braun shares difficult chilhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Carol Moseley Braun recounts life after her parents' divorce
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Carol Moseley Braun describes her work with the Chicago Housing Authority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Carol Moseley Braun recounts her political involvement in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Carol Moseley Braun explains her decision to attend law school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Carol Moseley Braun details her experiences at The University of Chicago Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Carol Moseley Braun recalls family opposition to her interracial marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Carol Moseley Braun remembers her early legal career and marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Carol Moseley Braun describes her work in the U.S. Attorney's office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Carol Moseley Braun explains her decision to be a mother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Carol Moseley Braun recounts running for state office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Carol Moseley Braun details her tenure in the Illinois state legislature
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Carol Moseley Braun recalls her challenges in the Illinois general assembly
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Carol Moseley Braun explains her decision to leave the Illinois general assembly
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Carol Moseley Braun recounts running for lieutenant governor of Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Carol Moseley Braun remembers Cook county politics at Harold Washington's death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Carol Moseley Braun recalls Eugene Sawyer's run for Chicago mayor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Carol Moseley Braun remembers serving in the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Carol Moseley Braun reflects on the nomination of Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Carol Moseley Braun recalls the confirmation hearing for Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Carol Moseley Braun explains her decision to run for the Senate
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Carol Moseley Braun relates how her gender and background affected her approach to politics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Carol Moseley Braun describes the first phase of her senate campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Carol Moseley Braun remembers winning the senate primary
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Carol Moseley Braun outlines the benefit of her primary win for women candidates
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Carol Moseley Braun describes challeges faced in her primary campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Carol Moseley Braun recalls her 1998 Senate loss
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Carol Moseley Braun remembers the opposition she faced while in the Senate
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Carol Moseley Braun reflects on the issue of the Confederate flag
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Carol Moseley Braun highlights her legislative record while in the U.S. Senate
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Carol Moseley Braun discusses her 1998 campaign for the Senate
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Carol Moseley Braun recounts leaving the Senate
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Carol Moseley Braun recounts challenges to becoming an ambassador to New Zealand
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Carpl Moseley Braun describes her experience in New Zealand
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Carol Moseley Braun reflects on her life since Congress
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Carol Moseley Braun discusses changes for her future and the country
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Carol Moseley Braun shares her hopes and concerns for black people
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Carol Moseley Braun talks about her son, Mathew Braun
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Carol Moseley Braun reflects on her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Carol Moseley Braun identifies favorite things