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Norton’s Statement on Passing of Sterling Tucker

Jul 19, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released the following statement on the passing of Sterling Tucker.

“As the first elected chairman of the D.C. Council, Sterling Tucker holds an important place in the District’s history.  He was a champion of civil rights and always prioritized the District’s working poor, particularly working to reduce African American unemployment.  He also worked for over a decade at the Washington Urban League, eventually serving as its director.

“When Sterling was among the competitors for the D.C. House seat in 1990, I valued the always spirited, but civil, exchange of ideas and the hard-fought campaign Sterling waged.  As a key leader in the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968, I expected nothing less.  This city was made better because of Sterling Tucker’s intelligence, even-keeled leadership, and civic activism.”