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 NEW JERSEY'S FIRST BLACK ELECTED TO CONGRESS DIES (328 hits)
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Source: NYT
MARCH 2012
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Donald M. Payne was the first Black elected to Congress from New Jersey and also was a former leader of the Congressional Black Caucus. Payne died on Tuesday, March 05, 2012 after complications involving colon cancer. Payne was elected in 1974 making him a first Black in New Jersey to be elected to Congress. He served on the Black Caucus from 1995-1997. Payne was also an educator and graduate of Seton Hall University. Payne was in his 12th term as Congressman and it was his intention to run for re-election when he passed away at age 77.

Posted By: MIISRAEL Bride
Wednesday, March 7th 2012 at 8:14AM

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Oh wow. May he rest in peace as well my heartfelt prayers are going out to his loved ones.

Friday, March 9th 2012 at 11:32AM
Jen Fad
A fighter, and will be so missed by Black Afrikans..
Saturday, March 17th 2012 at 10:39AM
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