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1854 Republican Party established as “the anti-slavery Party and fought to free blacks from slavery”.

1862 President Lincoln (Republican) signs the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery which “resulted in the Juneteenth celebration in black communities today”.

1865 Republican House and Senate pass the 13th Amendment banning slavery and making 3/5’s Compromise moot.  That compromise counted blacks as 3/5 of a person for determining the population census for US House of Representatives and taxes.  Democratic President  Andrew Johnson vetoes the amendment.

1866 The Republican Congress overrides President Johnson’s veto of the 13th amendment; it passes.

1866 Republican Congress passes 14th amendment to protect black voting rights; President Johnson (Democrat) vetoes.

1867 Republican Congress overrides President Johnson’s veto and the 14th  amendment passes.

1868 President Johnson (Democrat) is impeached for saying, “This is a country for white men.  And, by God, as long as I am President it shall be a government of white men.”

1870 Republican Congress created the Department of Justice to safeguard Civi Rights of blacks against the Democrats in the South.

1875 Republican Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1875 “granting blacks protection from the Black Codes and prohibiting racial discrimination in public accommodations, and was the Party of most blacks prior to the 1960”s. including Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth Booker T. Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King.”

1894 “Democrat Congress and Democrat President Grover Cleveland join to repeal Republicans” Enforcement Act (Voting Rights Act), which had enabled blacks to vote.

1909 “On 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, black Republicans and women’s suffragists Ida Wells and Mary Terrell co-found the NAACP (National   Association for the Advancement of Colored People).”

1920 Republicans authored and passed the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

1922 House passes bill written by US Rep Leonidas Dyer (Republican- Missouri) making lynching a federal crime.  Senate Democrats blocked passage with a filibuster.  
1924 Republican President Calvin Coolidge signs bill passed by Republican congress granting US citizenship to all Native Americans.

1940 “Republican Party Platform calls for integration of the armed forces; however, Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt refused to order it.’

1953 California’s 3-term Republican Governor Earl Warren who was also the 1948 Republican Vice-President Nominee and later Chief Supreme Court Justice, wrote the landmark decision in Brown V. Board of Education banning segregation of schools.  97 Democrats in Congress condemn the judge’s decision.

1955 Republican President Eisenhower’s Administration bans racial segregation of interstate bus travel.  
1956 Republican federal judge Frank Johnson rules in favor of Rosa Parks in decision striking down “blacks in the back of the bus” law.  Black civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy vote for Republican Dwight Eisenhower for President.  
1957 “President Dwight Eisenhower signs the Republican Party’s 1957 Civil Rights Act to empower prosecutors and the justice department to obtain court injunctions against interference with blacks right to vote.

1957 President Eisenhower dispatches the 82nd Airborne to Little Rock, AR to force Democrat Governor Orval Faubus to integrate public schools sparking criticism from Democratic Senators John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.  
1960 President Eisenhower signs Republicans’ Civil Rights Act of 1960 overcoming the 125-hour round-the-clock filibuster by 18 Democrats. This bill introduced penalties for obstructing a person’s right to register to vote or vote.

1963  Republicans condemn Democratic Sheriff of Birmingham, AL for arresting over 2000 black children who were marching for their civil rights.

1963 Democratic Governor George Wallace (AL) defies order by US District Judge Frank Johnson, appointed by Dwight Eisenhower, to integrate Tuskegee High School.

1964 Republicans condemn 14-hour filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act by   Democratic US Senator and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd who served in the Senate until his death in 2010.  This act was also opposed by most Southern Democratic Senators, several of whom were proud segregationists - one of them being Al Gore SR.  Democratic President Lyndon Johnson had to rely on Republican Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen to get the act passed.

1965 Republicans pass 1965 Voting Rights Act abolishing literacy tests and other measures including the poll taxes that were devised by Democrats to prevent blacks from voting.  27% of Democrats voted against the act.  
1969 Republican President Richard Nixon instituted the first Affirmative Action program with the Philadelphia Plan that established goals and timetables.

1981 Republican President Ronald Reagan establishes the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities to increase black participation in federal education programs. 

1982 President Ronald Reagan signs 25-year extension of 1965 Voting Rights Act.

1988 President Ronald Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act of 1988 compensating Americans of Japanese decent for deprivation of civil rights and property during WWII internment ordered by FDR.  The order to rescind FDR’s Executive Order authorizing internment of over 120,000 Japanese Americans was done by Republican President Gerald Ford in 1976.

1991 Republican President George H. W. Bush sings Civl Rights Act of 1991 to provide damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination.

1996 Bill authored by Republican US Rep Susan Molinari to prohibit racial discrimination in adoptions, part of Republicans” Contract With America, becomes law.

NOTE:  Information contained in this document has been taken from two sources:

  1. “The Democrat Race Lie”,
  2. National Black Republican Association Newsletter:  Civil Rights History Edition,