On this day in 1955, Charles C. Diggs, Jr., a Miller High School graduate, takes an oath and becomes a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
He holds the distinction of being Michigan’s first African-American to serve in Congress and only the third black man on the current 435-member House roster, joining Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. of New York and William L. Dawson of Chicago. Diggs, a 32-year-old mortician and former state senator, is assigned to the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Ken Coleman, the author of On this Day: African-American Life in Detroit, is a native Detroiter and former news reporter. He served on the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He lives in Detroit with his wife, Kim Trent, and their son, Jackson Coleman.