Lenora B Fulani

Born:April 25, 1950 (age 69)
Career:Political activist
Party:New Alliance Party
Education:Bachelor's, Hofstra University
Master's, Columbia University

Lenora Branch Fulani is an American psychologist, psychotherapist and political activist. In the 1988 presidential election, she became the first woman and the first African American to achieve ballot access in all fifty states and received more votes for president in a U.S. general election than any other woman before her.

Fulani was born April 25, 1950 in Chester, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Hofstra University in 1971, earned a master's degree from Columbia University's Teachers College, and earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the City University of New York (CUNY). She was a guest researcher at Rockefeller University from 1973 to 1977. While in college, she became involved in black nationalist politics and during her studies at City University became interested in the work of Fred Newman and Lois Holzman, who had recently formed the New York Institute for Social Therapy and Research. Fulani studied at the institute in the early 1980s.

In 1982 Fulani ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor of New York on the New Alliance Party (NAP) ticket. She ran for president in 1988 as the nominee for the NAP and received almost a quarter of a million votes (0.2%). She was the first African-American independent and the first female presidential candidate on the ballot in all 50 states. In the 1990, she ran for governor of New York as the candidate of the NAP. In 1992, Fulani again ran as the New Alliance candidate for president.

In 1992 Fulani self-published her autobiography, "The Making of a Fringe Candidate 1992."