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Ohio Black History Month: Carl and Louis Stokes

Posted Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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  • Before Barack Obama, America's first black president, there were two brothers - Carl and Louis Stokes - two African American politicians who changed the face of politics. Carl Stokes made history when he was elected mayor of Cleveland in 1967, becoming the first black mayor of a major city in the U.S. His brother Louis stokes was elected into Congress the next year and was Ohio's first African American representative to the U.S. Congress.

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