Edward William Brooke III was an American #Republican politician. In 1966, he became the first #African #American popularly elected to the United States #Senate. By his second year in the Senate, Brooke had taken his place as a leading advocate against #discrimination in #housing and on behalf of affordable housing. With Walter Mondale, a #Minnesota #Democrat and fellow member of the Senate Banking Committee, he co-authored the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing. #BGR8 || #BlackHistoryMonth || #YESBHM