Louis Stokes, the first African-American congressman from Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 after battling lung and brain cancer. He was 90 years old. As a public servant, Congressman Stokes dedicated his work to championing equality and health equity for minority communities in his home state of Ohio as well as across the national. Mr. Stokes was a stalwart member of congress during his 15 terms. Among his many successes and influential roles, he sponsored the pivotal Disadvantaged Minority Health Improvement Act of 1990 that authorized the Office of Minority Health as a permanent federal agency at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The White House issued the following statement from President Obama about Mr. Stokes: "Lou leaves behind an indelible legacy in the countless generations of young leaders that he inspired, and he will be sorely missed," Obama said.