• Remembering Congressman Donald Payne

    March 7, 2012. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    It is with much sadness that I share the unfortunate news about Newark Congressman Donald Payne. He passed away the morning of March 6 after battling colon cancer for the past several months. The Congressman was an advocate for many things but especially African Affairs, the arts and humanities, education, young people, and Newark. Though there was a difference in our ages, Congressman Payne and I both graduated from Newark’s Barringer High School (the third oldest public high school in the United States) and played sports there. He played football and was inducted five or so years ago into the Newark Athletic Hall of Fame.

    He was a staunch advocate for public broadcasting and a genuine listener to WBGO. During my time on the NPR Board of Directors, I visited his office often and found him, and his staff, receptive and supportive. He was a kind man who will be missed.

    -Cephas Bowles, WBGO President & CEO

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