Former Congressman Passes Away
Former Congressional Black Caucus member Congressman Ronald Dellums, who served as Oakland's third African American Mayor, passed away on Monday at the age of 82. The former marine and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was attacked in 1970 during his first run for Congress by Republican VP Spiro Agnew. The VP called Dellums -- a young Berkeley Councilman at the time -- “an out and out radical” who needed to be “purged from the body politic” for his stance against the war in Vietnam and up-front fight against social ills. Dellums replied, “If it’s radical to oppose the insanity and cruelty of the Vietnam War, if it’s radical to oppose racism and sexism and all other forms of oppression, if it’s radical to want to alleviate poverty, hunger, disease, homelessness, and other forms of human misery, then I’m proud to be called a radical.” He was a striking figure in the halls of Congress. Roll Call takes a look at the tall, well-dressed man whose presence cameras gravitated toward. Check it out here.