Africana Hawaii History Blog by D.Molentia Guttman,Historian
Hawaii has been at the forefront of the Civil Rights movement before statehood. Congress passed the Admission Act and it was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower which dissolved the Territory of Hawaii. The 50th state was admitted to the Union on August 21, 1959.
In 1928, Nolle Smith, of Africana heritage was appointed to the state Terriorial Legislature. He later became Hawaii's ambassador in Washington promoting Hawaii statehood and reported to John Burns, Hawaii's representative.