Donald Payne’s Death: New Jersey lost a powerful voice

Posted by on Mar 07, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Just one day before, New Jersey has lost a powerful voice, Donald Payne who was the first African-American congressman and foremost advocate for democracy in Africa for the duration of 23 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. 77 year-old, Donald has died due to the colon cancer on 6 March at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. He was the energetic champion of the underprivileged all over the nation and the world. In 1988, he was first elected for the House of Representatives and won election 11 times. Donald was soft-spoken and unassuming by nature. He was best-known for fighting solid for workers defense and equality in public education.

Donald not only worked in politics but also served as football coach and schoolteacher in Newark. He represented a division of his resident city, Newark together with list of other groups of people in Hudson, Essex and Union counties. He was ex-chairman of the overseas dealings subcommittee in Africa and longtime member of house committees that manage overseas dealings.

U.S. president Barak Obama has expressed his sorrow over the loss of a pioneer. He said that Donald was a wonderful man who did great job for both nation and globally. In honor of Payne, Republican Governor “Chris Christie” has planned to order flags lowered in New Jersey. Donald was such a great example for every person in New Jersey, who has ambition to public service. He lived a meaningful life.

He made many trips to the African continent. At the time of visiting Somalia, he was escaped from a gun attack in the capital, Mogadishu. In 1998, he had gone on 12-days Africa tour with President Bill Clinton. During this tour, he visited Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana and Senegal. They made this tour for giving Americans a new consciousness and appreciation of African countries. For his out-spoken advocacy in support of human rights and the value and self-respect of every person, he earned respect across the world.

Payne had to face little competition in his sturdily self-governing district, but he won his last general election with 85 percent of the vote in 2010. During 1980 to 1986, he failed primary challenges to Newark’s longtime Democratic congressman, Peter Rodino. He also worked as the first black president of the National Council of YMCAs from 1970 – 1973. He also served as a chairman of the World YMCA Refugee and Rehabilitation Committee from 1973 – 1981.

Donald was such a good person by nature and profession; everyone will remember him as a pioneer, a statesman and a gentleman.

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