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Carrie Meek, pioneering Black former congresswoman, dies – Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida 2021-11-29 08:18:08 –

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (AP) — Former Florida Congressman Carrie Meek died at the age of 95.

Meek was a Democrat and one of the first black Floridas to be elected to Congress since the reconstruction.

She was the grandson of a slave and the daughter of a peasant.

In Congress, Meek endorsed efforts to strengthen affirmative action, economic opportunities for the poor, and democracy, and to ease immigration restrictions to Haiti, the birthplace of many of her members.

She retired in 2003 five terms later. Her son, Kendrick Meek, succeeded her and retained her seat until 2011.

Family spokesman Adam Sharon said in a statement that Meek died at her home in Miami on Sunday after a long illness.



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