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Thu Jul 18, 2019, 02:33 PM

Sterling Tucker, civil rights leader and pioneering D.C. politician, dies at 95

Source: Washington Post

Sterling Tucker, civil rights leader and pioneering D.C. politician, dies at 95

By Bart Barnes July 17 at 2:15 PM

Sterling Tucker, a Washington-based civil rights organizer and politician who in 1974 became chairman of the first popularly elected D.C. Council in more than a century, died July 14 at his home in the District. He was 95.

The cause was congestive heart failure and kidney failure, said a grandson, Jason Jeffery.

Mr. Tucker was a central player in District politics and political activism for more than three decades. He rose to prominence in the 1960s as director of the Washington Urban League, a civil rights organization, and as a principal organizer of the 1968 demonstration known as the Poor People’s Campaign.

The following year, he was appointed by President Richard M. Nixon as D.C. Council vice chairman. At the time, the District was governed by presidential appointees subject to the oversight of Congress, and the chairman of the House District Committee and other members of Congress exercised sweeping authority over city affairs.

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