Senator Edward Kennedy is leading the push to award the Congressional Gold Medal to a former colleague from the opposite side of the political aisle: Edward Brooke.
The two men represented Massachusetts together from 1966 through 1978, after Brooke became the first African-American voted into the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction.
That election capped other firsts as Brooke broke many barriers, both professional and personal. In recent years, he's worked to raise awareness about breast cancer in men, a disease he contracted and survived.
WBUR's Bob Oakes spoke with Brooke who, at the age of 88, has just released his autobiography, "Bridging The Divide: My Life." Today, we return to that conversation.
This program aired on February 20, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.