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Monday, November 29, 2021
Congresswoman Carrie Meek, R.I.P. (NY TImes)
Pioneering Miami, Florida Congressman Carrie Meek has died. Her son Kendrick visited here when he ran for U.S. Senator, speaking at our Solomon Calhoun Center.
From The New York Times:
Carrie P. Meek, 5-Term Florida Representative, Dies at 95
She was the first Black person to represent the state in the House since Reconstruction, and she fought for programs to create jobs.
Carrie P. Meek, who was spurred by memories of childhood discrimination and inspired by her heritage as she rose to political power in her native Florida and later in Washington, died on Sunday at her home in Miami. She was 95.
Her death was confirmed by Adam Sharon, a family spokesman. He did not specify a cause.
In 1992, Ms. Meek became the first Black person elected to Congress in Florida since Reconstruction. Her election was assured when the 10-term Democratic incumbent, Bill Lehman, decided to retire and Ms. Meek captured the Democratic nomination for the newly reapportioned district. She ran unopposed in the general election.
She soon made it clear that she had no desire to take the “go along and get along” path followed by some Washington newcomers. She lobbied for and won a coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee, a highly unusual achievement for a freshman lawmaker.
She used that seat to push for federal aid for the section of her district devastated by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. She also lobbied for money for job-creating programs and to encourage African Americans to open their own businesses.
“My first priority in Congress is to develop job-producing programs,” she said in an interview with The Washington Post weeks after her election. “Whenever I’m out in the community, people first thing they come up to me, Carrie, what about jobs, when are we going to get jobs?”