Aim High: Congressman Louis Stokes, 2/23/1925 - 8/19/2015
August 19, 2015 12:09 PM   Subscribe

The state of Ohio mourns the loss of one of their greatest citizens. Congressman Louis Stokes died this morning at the age of 90.

Congressman Stokes was in office for thirty years. His accomplishments as Ohio’s first black representative are more or less legendary. He chaired the special committee on the JFK and MLK assassinations. He chaired the Intelligence Committee during the Iran-Contra affair and the Ethics Committee during Abscam, the House page scandal, and the controversies over Geraldine Ferraro’s vice presidential run. He is also the brother of former Cleveland mayor, Carl Stokes, who before being elected as Cleveland's first African American mayor, was elected as the first African American Democrat in the Ohio state legislature.

Prior to Congressman Louis Stokes’s election to the House he was a leading NAACP lawyer who argued several Supreme Court cases, including the Terry "Stop and Frisk" case. Terry v. Ohio still defines the law in this area, and it may be more significant now than it has ever been. As a Cleveland NAACP lawyer Stokes also intervened in several cases concerning police shootings of unarmed black men.

In January of this year Congressman Stokes was interviewed by two of his children.

In February of last year Congressman Stokes sat down with Brent Larkin from Teaching Cleveland for this five part interview. I, II, III, IV, V
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posted by charred husk at 2:19 PM on August 19, 2015

and this is from the child of part of the 'white flight' from Cleveland in 1961
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posted by 1367 at 3:33 PM on August 19, 2015


The Geraldine Ferarro link is asking me for a login. Is there an alternate link?
posted by Banknote of the year at 4:41 PM on August 19, 2015

Well, that was to Congressional Quarterly. I don't think there's free access to that specific article. I put this together from a university network and I suspect they had seamless access. I didn't realize it had a tollgate. Sorry about that.

Here's the Washington Post, covering the same story
posted by Toekneesan at 5:14 PM on August 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

Here's a Wikipedia link to replace the CQ article on the House page scandal.
posted by Toekneesan at 5:17 PM on August 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

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