August 19, 2015
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood were saddened to learn of the passing of former Congressman Louis Stokes on August 18. As the first African-American to represent the state of Ohio in Congress, Congressman Stokes believed deeply that every American should have the same opportunity to succeed.
As President Barack Obama noted on the day of Congressman Stokes’ passing: “Growing up in Depression-era Cleveland with his mother and brother Carl, Lou triumphed over hardship to become a passionate voice for those less fortunate. He fought to expand access to quality health care in struggling communities and worked tirelessly on behalf of hardworking Ohioans. Lou leaves behind an indelible legacy in the countless generations of young leaders that he inspired, and he will be sorely missed.”
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood were exceptionally fortunate to connect with Congressman Stokes throughout the past few years as part of our efforts to create high quality educational opportunity from cradle to career for every child in the Central Neighborhood of Cleveland.
We extend our sincere condolences to Congressman Stokes’ wife, family and friends who loved him so dearly.