CBC Members Share Their Black History Inspirations

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  • Rep. Gwen Moore (Wisconsin)
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)
  • Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (New Jersey)
  • Rep. Joyce Beatty (Ohio)
  • Rep. Hank Johnson (Georgia)
  • Rep. André Carson (Indiana)
  • Rep. Karen Bass (California)
  • Rep. Steven Horsford (Nevada)
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  • CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge (Ohio)
  • Rep. John Lewis (Georgia)
  • Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson
  • Rep. Lacy Clay (Missouri)
  • Rep. Bobby Rush

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (New Jersey)

I could not have asked for more inspiring role models than the ones I looked up to in my own family my late father, Congressman Donald M. Payne Sr., the first African-American in New Jersey to hold national office, where he left an indelible mark as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, and my uncle, former New Jersey Assemblyman William D. Payne. They paved the way for racial equality in New Jersey. Every day I strive to carry on their legacy and expand upon their exceptional work.” 

(Photo: Courtesy of Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr.)

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