K. Leroy Irvis was the first African American to serve as a speaker of the house in any state legislature in the United States since Reconstruction. John Roy Lynch of Mississippi was the first African American to hold that position. Wikipedia*
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Leroy Irvis has three videos in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1988 Convention as a Chair for the Credentials Committee of the Democratic National Committee. Most appearances with Kathy Vick (2), Lottie H. Shackelford (2), Dorothy V. Bush (2). Most common tag: Democratic Party.
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