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Arnold Pinkney | Rights activist, 84

Arnold Pinkney
Arnold Pinkney

Arnold Pinkney, 84, a political strategist and civil rights activist who helped elect Ohio's first black congressman and managed the Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign, died Monday at a Cleveland hospice.

Mr. Pinkney had a long career in Democratic political campaigns, including the 1968 campaign of Louis Stokes, who became Ohio's first black member of Congress. He also advised Jackson, Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes, and Gov. Richard Celeste.

He was special adviser to the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, which plans a special recognition on Feb. 19. Caucus president Alicia Reece said that he left a legacy of public service.

Mr. Pinkney was cofounder of Pinkney-Perry Insurance Agency, Ohio's oldest and largest minority-owned insurance company. - AP

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