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Kweisi Mfume

Kweisi Mfume, whose birth name is Frizzell Gerald Gray, is an American politician and civil rights advocate. He was born on October 24, 1948, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Mfume is a member of the Democratic Party and has been actively involved in politics and advocacy for many years.

Mfume’s political career began in 1979 when he was elected to the Baltimore City Council, representing the 6th district. He served in that position until 1986 when he decided to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1987, he won a special election to represent Maryland’s 7th congressional district, which includes parts of Baltimore City and surrounding counties.

Rep. Kweisi Mfume, D-Md., with his wife Tiffany Mfume, talks following a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony conducted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Washington. Baltimore Democrat Kweisi Mfume was sworn in as Maryland’s newest congressman succeeding the late Elijah Cummings.

During his time in Congress, Mfume was known for his work on various civil rights and social justice issues. He also served as the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus from 1995 to 1996. In 1996, Mfume decided to step down from Congress to become the President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As the leader of one of the oldest and most prominent civil rights organizations in the United States, Mfume continued his advocacy for equality and justice.

Kweisi Mfume’s return to Capitol Hill after two-plus decades out of elected office

After serving as the head of the NAACP for nearly a decade, Mfume resigned in 2004 to pursue other opportunities. However, he returned to the political arena years later. In early 2020, he won a special election to reclaim his former seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, succeeding Elijah Cummings, who had passed away. He won the general election later that year and returned to Congress to represent Maryland’s 7th district.

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