Carrie Meek, pioneering Miami congresswoman and champion of Black communities, dies at 95

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Former U.S. Congresswoman Carrie Pittman Meek, the first Black person to represent Florida in Congress since the post-Civil War Reconstruction and a fierce advocate for South Florida’s Black communities, Haitian immigrants and the working poor, died Sunday at her home in Miami after a long illness, her family said. She was 95. Meek, said her daughter Lucia Davis-Raiforde, had a “need to make sure her people, no matter where there were in the African diaspora, benefited from the benefits offered by being in the United States.” The granddaughter of slaves, Meek served as Florida state representa…

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