CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland political strategist and civil rights activist Arnold Pinkney, who helped elect Ohio's first black congressman and managed Democrat Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign, has died.
His wife, Betty, said Pinkney died Monday at the Hospice of the Western Reserve after a recent hospitalization. He turned 84 last week.
Pinkney had a long career in political campaigns, including the 1968 campaign of Louis Stokes, who became Ohio's first black member of Congress. He also advised Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes, Democratic Gov. Richard Celeste and Jackson.
He was special adviser to the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, which plans a special recognition Feb. 19. President Alicia Reece says Pinkney leaves a legacy of public service.
Pinkney was co-founder of Pinkney-Perry Insurance Agency, Ohio's oldest and largest minority-owned insurance company.