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Former Congressman Ron Dellums

Congressman Ron Dellums

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 Monday 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.

Elbert Howard, co-founder of the Black Panther Party

Elbert Howard, one of the four founders of Black Panther Party along with Huey Newton, Bobby Seale and Eldridge Cleaver, has died.

Howard was 80 and he died in Santa Rosa, California. Howard, who was called “Big Man,” helped found the Black Panther Party in 1966 in Oakland, California.

Elbert Howard

He was deputy minister of information under Cleaver who was minister of information. Howard left the party in 1974 following a series of disputes. Seale is the only remaining member of the party who is still alive.

The Black Panther Party had very modest goals including free-breakfast programs for children and healthcare for everyone, but through the eyes of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and President Richard Nixon, they were considered ‘enemies of the people’ rather than advocates for the black community.

 

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