Louis Stokes passed away on Tuesday night, at the age of 90. Tributes have been pouring in from across the country, from politicians in Washington, DC and California, to his former constituents, to people whose lives he touched in some way.
We wanted to highlight some of the things people were saying on social media about the man and his long, illustrious career. Check out the end for a timeline of his life.
@civiccommons He set up the Congressional Black Caucus Health Care Braintrust. 1st time that Black health became a focus in this country.— James Wright Jr. (@JamesDCWrighter) August 19, 2015
@civiccommons Founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.— Rene Radusky (@BibliotecariaRR) August 19, 2015
@civiccommons He was a humble, giving and truly genuine person who truly cared about helping students succeed in his childhood neighborhood.— ClevePromise (@CLE_Promise) August 19, 2015
Saddened by the passing of Louis Stokes. A barrier breaker who expanded opportunities for others. His legacy & impact will not be forgotten.— Rep. Frank Pallone (@FrankPallone) August 19, 2015
@civiccommons Congressman Stokes had an authentic passion for people as well as equal civil rights for all...— H Michelle Cooper (@Pinkychelle) August 19, 2015
"Cleveland & OH lost a giant in the passing of Rep. Louis Stokes," said ORP Matt Borges. "Louis Stokes was a class act and a true statesman.— TheCommitteeOf40 (@therealcommof40) August 19, 2015
One of the highlights of my Cleveland experience was meeting Louis Stokes. Dude put me up on game. Lots of it.— Nubyjas Wilborn (@nwilborn19) August 19, 2015
Louis Stokes was brave, moral, and had a trailblazing spirit – a true public servant. My heart is with his family in this difficult time.— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) August 19, 2015
God bless Congressman Louis Stokes..a great supporter of TRIO Programs. RIP.— Marilyn Aklin (@amicahmoment) August 20, 2015
#LouisStokes & CBC founded the Minority AIDS Initiative. His work to promote minority health policy professionals has touch so many lives!— Amelia Cobb (@AmeliaJCobb) August 20, 2015
His work lives on with the LSAMP projects. Louis Stokes, Congressman From Ohio and Champion of the Poor, Dies at 90 http://t.co/4FOilMxi5T— Inst. for STEM & Div (@ISDI_BoiseState) August 20, 2015
Had the honor of meeting US Rep Louis Stokes. Cle will miss this humble giant pic.twitter.com/Tj2yVhRIYv— John D Kuntz (@JD_Kuntz) August 20, 2015
We salute you Former Congressman Louis Stokes. Rest in peace. http://t.co/6ZoBnQ69Cm— WBHR-LSAMP (@WBHR_LSAMP) August 20, 2015
Rest in Heaven, Congressman Louis Stokes. As a result of your decades of public service, our nation is a better place. @OfficialCBC— Brenda Lawrence (@BrendaLLawrence) August 20, 2015
RIP Rep. #LouisStokes the man who saved the International Space Station and likely, human space flight in America. He led a fantastic life.— Gerard Courcy (@hardcorehangout) August 20, 2015
Former US rep Louis stokes died on tuesday. I served as his CBC health brain trust coordinator. Best boss. Fair. Gracious.— Millicent Gorham (@MillieGorham) August 20, 2015
RIP Louis Stokes a true statesman and public servant. An unyielding voice for truth and ethics in Congress for 30yrs.— Steven Bradford (@SteveBradford) August 20, 2015
Very sad to hear the loss of a dear friend. Congressman Louis Stokes made TRIO possible.— Arnold Mitchem (@ArnoldMitchem) August 20, 2015
RIP Louis Stokes. Prayer goes out to his family
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