Former Congressman Ron Dellums Dies at 82

The Rev. Al Sharpton called Dellums a “true progressive and courageous man.”

“We spoke often,” Sharpton said. “He was a brilliant man.”

In a statement celebrating Dellums' legacy, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) called him “a great warrior and statesman.”

“The contributions that Congressman Dellums made to our East Bay community, the nation, and the world are too innumerable to count,” Lee said in the statement. “I feel blessed to have called Congressman Dellums my dear friend, predecessor, and mentor. I will miss him tremendously, and I will hold dear to my heart the many lessons I learned from this great public servant.”

The statement continued: “My condolences are with the Dellums family, friends, and loved ones. His legacy and spirit will be forever with us.”

NAACP Board Chairman Leon W. Russell said that, Dellums created space for our voices to be heard.

“It is said that the current generation stands on the shoulders of giants; Ron was a giant who blazed a path to empowerment that we still walk on today,” Russell said.

Funeral plans haven't been announced.

Dellums is survived by his wife, Cynthia Dellums and his five children.

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