Today in History: Michael Espy is Awarded


Michael Espy

On this day in 1992, the position of Secretary of Agriculture was awarded to Alphonso Michael “Mike” Espy, making him the first Black to hold this position.

Alphonso Michael “Mike” Espy from 1987 to 1993, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi.

He attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., and was active in and held elective positions in student government.

He was an attorney with Central Mississippi Legal Services between 1978 and 1980 and was later the assistant secretary of state to Mississippi Legal Services.

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