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African ancestry Politicians in Oklahoma

  Hannah Diggs Atkins (b. 1923) — of Oklahoma. Born in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, N.C., November 2, 1923. Reporter; school teacher; librarian; member of Oklahoma state house of representatives, 1969-80; secretary of state of Oklahoma, 1987-91. Female. African ancestry. Still living as of 1999.
  Relatives: Daughter of James Thackeray Diggs and Mabel Kennedy Diggs; married to Charles N. Atkins.
  Lee P. Brown (b. 1937) — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.; Houston, Harris County, Tex. Born in Wewoka, Seminole County, Okla., October 4, 1937. Democrat. Police officer; Multnomah County Sheriff, 1975-76; Houston chief of police, 1982-90; New York City police commissioner, 1990-92; mayor of Houston, Tex., 1998-2004. African ancestry. Member, Alpha Phi Alpha; Sigma Pi Phi. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Andrew Brown and Zelma (Edwards) Brown; married, July 14, 1958, to Yvonne Carolyn Streets; married to Frances Young.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Isaac N. Coggs (b. 1920) — of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis. Born in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Okla., June 5, 1920. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; accountant; tavern keeper; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Milwaukee County 6th District, 1953-64. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; American Legion; Disabled American Veterans; Amvets; Elks; Freemasons. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Jesse L. Dickinson (b. 1906) — of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind. Born in Lincoln County, Okla., March 11, 1906. Democrat. Musician; social worker; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1943-46. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; United Auto Workers. Burial location unknown.
  Roosevelt F. Dorn — of Inglewood, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Checotah, McIntosh County, Okla. Democrat. Lawyer; superior court judge in California, 1980-97; mayor of Inglewood, Calif., 1997-; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000. African Methodist Episcopal. African ancestry. Member, National Bar Association; American Bar Association; NAACP. Still living as of 2006.
  Walter R. Tucker Jr. (1924-1990) — of Compton, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Oklahoma, August 27, 1924. Dentist; pastor; mayor of Compton, Calif., 1981-90; defeated, 1977; died in office 1990. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Omega Psi Phi. Died, of stomach cancer, October 1, 1990 (age 66 years, 35 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Martha Hinton; father of Walter Rayford Tucker III.
  See also Wikipedia article
  James Milton Turner (1840-1915) — also known as J. Milton Turner — of Kansas City, Jackson County, Mo.; St. Louis, Mo. Born in slavery in St. Louis, Mo., 1840. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; U.S. Minister to Liberia, 1871-78; stabbed in the chest by George W. Medley, in St. Louis, October 9, 1872. African ancestry. First African-American to serve as a U.S. diplomat. Died, as the result of a railroad tank car explosion, in Ardmore, Carter County, Okla., November 1, 1915 (age about 75 years). Interment at Father Dickson's Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
  Turner School (opened 1924, renamed Turner 1932, closed 1976), in Kirkwood, Missouri, was named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary
  Julius Ceasar Watts Jr. (b. 1957) — also known as J. C. Watts, Jr. — of Oklahoma. Born in Eufaula, McIntosh County, Okla., November 18, 1957. Republican. Played professional football in the Canadian Football League; U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 4th District, 1995-2003. Baptist. African ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  Presumably named for: Julius Caesar
  Cross-reference: Amata Radewagen
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books by J. C. Watts, Jr.: What Color is a Conservative? (2002)
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