Pinkney Passes Away

Jan 14, 2014

Cleveland political strategist and civil rights activist Arnold Pinkney, who helped elect Ohio's first African-American congressman and managed Democrat Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign, died Monday at a hospice at the age of 84.

Pinkney helped elect Louis Stokes in 1968, who became Ohio's first black member of Congress. He also advised Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes, Democratic Govenor Dick Celeste and Jackson. He was special adviser to the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, which plans a special recognition February 19th.