A Conversation With Edward Brooke

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The life of Edward Brooke III is one of firsts and breaking barriers. Among his many achievements, Brooke was the first African-American to be elected attorney general of Massachusetts — or any state. That was in 1962.

Four years later, he became the first black candidate voted into the U.S. Senate. Brooke claimed these victories as a Republican in a traditionally Democratic state and an African American in a mostly white state.

Sen. Brooke has just released his autobiography, "Bridging The Divide: My Life." He joined us to discuss his life and work.

This program aired on February 19, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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