Natural-Hair Moments in Politics

Black leaders and politicians from Angela Davis to Shirley Franklin have embraced natural dos.

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    Dante de Blasio with his mother, Chirlayne McCray, and father, NYC mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio (Bill de Blasio campaign)

    New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s son, Dante, and his Afro have generated a great deal of attention and media coverage. Here is a look at some other natural-hair superstars in politics.

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    Annette Robinson (Monika Graff/Getty Images)

    Annette Robinson

    Robinson is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly.

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    Karen Bass (Dr. Billy Ingram/Getty Images)

    Karen Bass

    A former majority floor leader for the California State Assembly, Democratic Rep. Bass was elected to Congress in 2010.

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    Angela Davis

    Davis is likely as well known for her political activism as for her sizable Afro, which emerged as an iconic cultural and fashion image of the 1960s.

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    Ruth Hassell-Thompson

    Hassell-Thompson is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate.

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    Donna Edwards (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images)

    Donna Edwards

    In 2006 Rep. Edwards (D-Md.) defeated longtime Democratic incumbent Rep. Al Wynn to become the first black woman to represent Maryland in Congress.

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    Shirley Kitchen

    Kitchen is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate.

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    Donna Christian-Christensen (Chris Maddaloni/Getty Images)

    Donna Christian-Christensen

    A physician and a native of New Jersey, Democrat Christian-Christensen was elected to the House of Representatives as the delegate for the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1996. (As a delegate, Christian-Christensen has representative but nonvoting power.)

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    LeAnna M. Washington (Business Wire via Getty Images)

    LeAnna M. Washington

    Washington is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate.

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    Daun Sessoms Hester

    Democrat Hester is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

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    Lena Taylor (Facebook)

    Lena C. Taylor

    Wisconsin state Sen. Taylor, a Democrat, has worn her hair natural during her political career.

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    Shirley Franklin (Joe Amon/Getty Images)

    Shirley Franklin

    Franklin became the first female mayor of Atlanta in 2002, as well as the first black female mayor of a major Southern city.

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    Nikiya Harris (Facebook) 

    Nikiya Harris

    Wisconsin Democratic state Sen. Harris has been spotted on the campaign trail rocking a natural style.

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    Eleanor Holmes Norton (Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

    Eleanor Holmes Norton

    During her tenure as chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the late 1970s, Norton sported a sizable Afro. Today the delegate elected to represent the District of Columbia in Congress in 1990 wears her hair in a more close-cropped natural style.

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