COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement this morning on the passing of former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes, Ohio’s first African-American member of Congress.
“Congressman Stokes was a true gentleman and statesman who challenged the status quo in order to uplift those that he proudly served,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “He will be remembered as a humble and dedicated public servant who inspired many of us in service to this day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Stokes family as we together mourn this remarkable leader.”
“We have lost a champion with the passing of Congressman Stokes,” said former state Sen. and Ohio Democratic Party Engagement Chair Nina Turner. “ He was a bright and shining star who made history as Ohio’s first African-American member of Congress. During his tenure he accomplished a great deal for the city of Cleveland and northern Ohio. He was a transformational figure, particularly in black Ohio politics, who lifted his citizens and aspiring young African-American politicians as he climbed. Even in his later years, he continued to work on behalf of the citizens as a member of the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations. Congressman Stokes’ legacy is cemented in American history as a leader who broke many racial and social barriers.”