Transcript for ABC News' Lori Stokes Reflects on Her Late Father's Life
And inspiring story of one man's rise from poverty power. I'm from Ohio's an autobiography written by the late congressman Louis Stokes. Could pave the way Kraft American politics along with the Holocaust took the first black mayor of a major city. Harrison Stosur fifteen terms in the house representative of the giant in congress a loving father home. And Robin recent said delegate Lori stokes our friend and colleague at WABC here in New York. Talk about her father's legacy has. Good to see a war just tell us the kind of man he was. Humble and gracious. Warm funny. Aggressive. In a and a wave. A well let's bright and what needed to be done particularly when it came to his constituents and living his life he was considered a champion of the people champion of before but he didn't really. Set out to be a politician did it no no did not. He set out to be a lawyer and that started when he was twelve years old when he was going to a boy scout meetings. And he was pulled over by police who asked him where you go. Why are you here. With the advance be sort of had this dream day heat to. Could be a great war we here and he would also be able to defend those who had had to. The right or wrong. Been accused of something but that he knew that that was his destiny to tell people about your uncle of his brother Pitney finished so. Movement I don't know. Michael Carr out was. The first African American mayor of the major US city. He was my father's baby brother how does that feel. The president of the United States Barack Obama before his election. Pointed to your father and your uncle who is saying because of them. He could become president of the United States that's high praise. Aides said I just have to say senator. Obama. I and 83. Years holt. And never in my lifetime. Did I think then that I would see. A qualified. African American. To be the president of the United States. How did your father influence you and the decisions as you've made and where you are here a prominent anchor. Here in New York City he always try to drum that all of our heads do what makes you happy. I don't care what she did. Just do what they should happen in a follow the team to go into. The journalism and went to Howard University. He also got a kick out of being able to say that. That I was no longer Lou stokes his daughter but that it that he was Laurie steps. I'm Betty get a kick out you know we had to be beautiful relationship. What do you want someone picking up the book Laurie. What he wanted to get from this story this is our American history. This is a story. Of the little black boy was born in 1925. To. A single mom who was a domestic. Who would take several trolley cars to leave him in his younger brother. Did go clean other people's homes. Who had a grandmother who would take care of them who had a dream. To walking from poverty to the halls of congress. To having so many beautiful stories and a family that he loved. To the core he would always end by saying that he was so blessed this palpable and your love in your pride. And I know it was returned I know how proud he was you. Thank you I think that Internet and a period thanks so much thank you. You can see the primary states had the good fortune of working with congress is so it's early in my career and he was a leader such grace. Gentlemen flaw has available right now.
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