- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama is mourning the death of a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Obama says former Rep. Louis Stokes believed in fairness and the idea that every American should have the same opportunity to succeed.

The 15-term congressman died Tuesday, a month after announcing he had brain and lung cancer. Stokes was 90.

Obama says Stokes, who was also the first black lawmaker to represent Ohio in Congress, leaves an indelible legacy in the countless generations of young leaders who were inspired by him.

Obama notes that Stokes grew up in Depression-era Cleveland and overcame hardship to become a passionate advocate for those less fortunate.


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