Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) released the following statement on the passing of Ohio’s first black congressman, Louis Stokes:

“My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Mrs. Stokes and his entire family. Congressman Stokes was a compassionate leader who was always willing to provide valuable advice to me and others who were willing to listen. His leadership on civil rights, social justice, and voting rights helped to propel the African American community through very challenging times. His presence will be missed but his advice and legacy will live on forever.”

Congressman Stokes represented Cleveland’s east side for thirty years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Stokes was the Third Chairman on the United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations, charged with investigating the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and former President John F. Kennedy. Stokes attended Case Western Reserve University on the G.I. Bill after serving in World War II. He went on to earn his Doctor of Law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law.

 
 
 
  
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Senator Williams Comments On Governor's Executive Order Establishing The Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board

 

Columbus, OH—Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) released the following statement  after Governor Kasich established the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board through an Executive Order: