Congressman Ron Dellums, who along with 13 others, established the Congressional Black Caucus more than 45 years ago, has died. Dellums, a native of Oakland, California, served in Congress 27 years.
Dellums died July 30th at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 82 and he died of cancer.
An anti-war activist, Dellums was elected mayor of Oakland in 2006. He was the first black congressman elected from Northern California. He served the 9th Congressional District, where he was elected for 13 terms and was in office from 1971 to 1998.
Cedric L. Richmond, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, called Dellums a pioneer in his own right who passed critical Apartheid legislation and was the first black chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.