From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks.
Martin Luther King, Jr. registered as a Republican in 1956.
Republicans passed the civil rights laws of the 1860's, including the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Reconstruction Act of 1867 that was designed to establish a new government system in the Democrat-controlled South, one that was fair to blacks.
Republican President Eisenhower pushed to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
Eisenhower sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools.
Eisenhower also appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision ending school segregation.
Eisenhower also took action to effectively end segregation in the military.
Republicans also started the NAACP and affirmative action with Republican President Richard Nixon‘s 1969 Philadelphia Plan (crafted by black Republican Art Fletcher) that set the nation‘s first goals and timetables.
Ronald Reagan, a Republican, made history on November 2, 1983 by signing into law Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a National Holiday. This is the first and only Federal Holiday that recognizes a Black American.
Democrat Party Facts:
It was the Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery and passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws.
The Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan to lynch and terrorize blacks.
John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights Act while he was a senator, as did Democrat Senator Al Gore, Sr.
John F. Kennedy was opposed to the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph who was a black Republican.
Attorney General Robert Kennedy ordered the wiretap on Martin Luther King.
Then in 1967, showing his anger with Dr. King's protest against the Viet Nam War, President Johnson referred to Dr. King as "that Nigger preacher."
Democrats advocate social programs that keep the black race impoverished by removing motivation to personally succeed.
Democrats have the only member of congress in the KKK.
An Analysis of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Legislated Response to Racial Discrimination in the U. S. (by Henry A. Rhodes)
Republicans and Civil Rights (by Diane Alden - Newsmax.com)
ABC Cites Only Democrats as the 'Warriors' in the Civil Rights Movement (By Scott Whitlock - NewsBusters)