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Pioneering Black Former Congressmember Carrie Meek Dies at 95

HeadlineNov 30, 2021

Trailblazing Black former Congressmember Carrie Meek died Sunday in her home in Miami. She was 95 years old. Born in Tallahassee, Meek was the daughter of a sharecropper and granddaughter of an enslaved woman. In 1993, Carrie Meek joined the U.S. House as one of the first Black Floridians elected to Congress since the Reconstruction Era. Meek championed affirmative action, economic opportunities for low-income people, and advocated for the U.S. to ease its restrictions of migrants from Haiti, where many of her constituents were from.

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