African-American Leaders Honor Rep. Donald Payne

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Rep. Elijah Cummings (Maryland)

“Today serves as a reminder to all of us who are blessed to serve the people of our communities, that the time we have on this Earth can end much too fast, and that we must constantly be working to improve the lives of those around us. My good friend Donald Payne made that his goal each and every day of his life. Being the first African-American Congressman from New Jersey did not put a period on his life, but merely a comma. His tireless work for his own constituents was matched only by his desire to encourage better understanding of the cradle of civilization, Africa.”

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