A great man has passed. Roy Innis was the most famous National Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) a civil rights organization founded in 1942.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and Chemist.
Innis drafted the Community Self-Determination Act of 1968 and garnered bipartisan sponsorship of this bill by one-third of the U.S. Senate and over 50 congressmen. This was the first time in U.S. history that a bill drafted by a black organization was introduced into the United States Congress.
Innis routinely met with world leaders and was a confidant of several U.S. Presidents.
He lost two sons to criminals with guns. I met him once in DC and that conversation had a great impact on my life.