Topic - Loretta Augustine-Herron

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  • "Certain grants had to have the stamp of approval of a politician, and some bills had to be introduced by a particular politician to get something done, and he had to know who these people were, work with them, and it frustrated him [and] all of us," Mrs. Augustine-Herron said.

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  • "I think that is why he took the turn to go back to law school and work more to get to the political side. I think he knew that he had to take it a step further than organizing," she said.

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