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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A friend to black America has Died - Edward Kennedy

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My hometown Newspaper, Boston Globe, and the Chicago Sun Times and so many newspapers across the world are reporting that Senator Edward M. Kennedy has died.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy fought for universal health care to his final days.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy fought for universal health care to his final days. (File/Mike Theiler/Getty Images)

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who carried aloft the torch of a Massachusetts dynasty and a liberal ideology to the citadel of Senate power, but whose personal and political failings may have prevented him from realizing the ultimate prize of the presidency, died at his home in Hyannis Port last night after a battle with brain cancer. He was 77.

AAPP: As a Bostonian, I have had the opportunity to meet with Senator Kennedy during Boston school desegregation and during the planning process to build of the Kennedy library in Boston next to the old Columbia Point housing site. I always found him to be a delightful man who followed through with his political commitments to black folks in Boston. As the Boston Globe notes,
It's unclear who'll grab reins of Kennedy dynasty, yet one thing is clear Edward M. Kennedy fulfilled a nation’s promise.

He worked with many Presidents (see photos below)

Though Ted Kennedy never ascended to the nation's highest office, he influenced United States politics as much as some presidents. For more than four decades, those holding executive powers worked with and fought against Kennedy on issues ranging from the Vietnam War to Health Care.

Now it would be great if Barack Obama learned something from Edward M. kennedy... "The ability to speak for the poor."

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