The Board of Education observed a moment of silence Tuesday for Arnold Pinkney, who served as board president in the 1970s and had remained a valuable source of help to the District since then.
Pinkney, a civil rights leader, nationally known political strategist and manager of Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign, died Monday at the age of 83 after an illness. Public viewing will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, followed by family visitation from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and services at 11 a.m.
He served on the board from 1967 to 1978 and was president from 1971 through 1978. He continued to stay active with the schools over the years, including acting as a key advisor to the campaign for Issue 107, a 15-mill property tax approved by voters in 2012.
"He never really left this board, because we always knew that we could call upon his leadership and expertise, especially when we had a levy on the ballot," board Chair Denise W. Link said at the start of Tuesday's meeting. "We will miss his leadership and his dedication to Cleveland's children, and we extend our sympathy to Arnold's family and to his many friends."