African-American Leaders Honor Rep. Donald Payne

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Rep. Keith Ellison (Minnesota)

“Congressman Donald Payne was a trailblazer in New Jersey, the U.S. Congress and national politics. He was a tireless champion for human rights and workers’ rights worldwide. As if that weren’t enough, [he] taught us about the importance of the African continent, the value of public service and courage, and the crucial need to educate our children so they could chart their own course in life. He never backed down and was a strong advocate for fairness, justice and empowerment.”

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