When the Texas House of Representatives convened in January 1973, Mickey Leland was one of the three new members who were the first African Americans elected to the House since Reconstruction. Leland remained in the state legislature until 1978, when he won Barbara Jordan's seat in the U.S. Congress. In Washington, he continued to fight for social justice and minority rights. Leland is also remembered for his fight to end global starvation. More»

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Mickey Leland in his office. Image courtesy of the Mickey Leland Center on World Hunger and Peace at Texas Southern University.