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Students had privilege of interviewing Louis Stokes (video)

The late Congressman Louis Stokes was a product of the Cleveland schools and went on to serve 15 consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In remembrance, we post two interviews that he gave to CMSD high school students, 40 years apart.
Two high school students, one from Glenville High, the other from the former South High, interviewed him in 1968, shortly after he was elected to Congress for the first time, becoming the state's first black congressman. The interview was broadcast on the District's former radio station, WBOE.
East Tech students recorded video of him in 2008, nine years after he left Congress. The video was recorded in a museum created to honor Stokes at the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's Outhwaite Homes, where he lived during part of his youth.
Stokes, who died of cancer last week, graduated in 1943 from the former Central High School. The building later served as an elementary school named in honor of him and his late brother, Carl, former mayor of Cleveland and the first black mayor of a major U.S. city, before the school closed in 2013.
Services for Stokes are scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on Quincy Avenue in Cleveland.