The great-great-grandchild of slaves, Frances Rice spent her formative years in poverty in the segregated South. She suffered personally from discrimination in the Democrat-controlled South and participated in civil rights protests in high school. Over the years, she pulled herself out of poverty to earn a BS, an MBA, and a JD. In 2005, she became a co-founder and Chairman of the National Black Republican Association.
On Friday, Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory switched his party affiliation from the Democrat to the Republican party, becoming the first black Republican in the Louisiana legislature since Reconstruction. "I am as of this day joining Fredrich Douglass as a Republican," he said.
Ada M. Fisher is a retired physician from Salisbury, North Carolina, a life member of the NAACP, and a lifelong Republican. Fisher is the Republican National Committeewoman for the state of North Carolina.