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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-13-07 05:17 AM
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Former Congressman Hawkins Dies at 100
Source: Associated Press

Former Congressman Hawkins Dies at 100

The Associated Press
Tuesday, November 13, 2007; 5:55 AM

LOS ANGELES -- Augustus Hawkins, who was California's
first black congressman and helped form the Congressional
Black Caucus, has died. He was 100.

Hawkins died Saturday at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda,
Md., of symptoms related to old age, his niece, Susan
Jefferson, said Monday.

Hawkins, a Democrat, represented South Los Angeles for
more than half a century, first starting off in the state
Legislature in 1935 and then getting elected to the U.S.
House of Representatives in 1962.

Black politicians called Hawkins an inspiration and mentor.

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Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-13-07 07:12 AM
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1. August Hawkins had a long career of public service
56 years in elected office. He did a lot of good for his contituents.
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