Biden, congressional colleagues pay homage to Louis Stokes

An Ohio lawmaker is proposing an annual “Louis Stokes Day” to recognize the state’s first black congressman, who died this week.


Vice President Joe Biden is expected at his funeral today.

Pennsylvania Congressmen Chaka Fattah is set for his first court appearance in a federal racketeering case that centers on his alleged use of grants and charitable donations to repay a $1 million campaign loan.

Vice President Joe Biden pays his respects to former U.S. Rep…

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson joined Stokes’ family in paying tribute to the former congressman at a memorial service Monday inside Cleveland City Hall.

Stokes’ grandchildren told mourners how he and their grandmother attended all the big events in their lives and forged tight bonds.

The descendants of a slave and sons of a domestic worker, Louis Stokes and his brother, Carl, the younger by two years, grew up in a public housing development in Cleveland and became two of the most noted Ohio politicians of their era. As the motorcade left Olivet Institutional Baptist Church for Stokes’ burial in Lakeview Cemetery, it made one last drive by that street, which is now known as “Louis and Carl B. Stokes Way”. Hundreds of people gathered at his funeral to celebrate his life.


“Even if you’re blind and asinine, you will still get the blessings from the work of this great man”, Moss said. He led a committee on assassinations, became the first black member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and brought help home to his Cleveland-area district.

Clevelanders say goodbye to Louis Stokes