Advocate for Poor and Disadvantaged Remembered as Pioneer From Indiana
WASHINGTON – The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation today celebrates the life and legacy of U.S. Rep. Julia Carson of Indiana, who died at her Indianapolis home on Dec. 15 after a battle with lung cancer. She was 69.
As the only African-American and only woman in Indiana’s congressional delegation, Carson was a tireless advocate for the poor and disadvantaged in Indianapolis and around the country. She championed children’s issues, women’s rights, efforts to reduce homelessness and was an early and staunch opponent of the war in Iraq.
“We have lost a pioneer leader with the death of Congresswoman Julia Carson,” said Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer for the CBCF. “During her exemplary 11 years on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Carson had a personal touch that we shall miss. The congresswoman worked hard for her constituents and was a role model for countless people aiming to overcome adversity. She gave voice to many in her efforts to improve social justice. She was not afraid to stand out or stand up.”
Rep. Carson is the fourth current or former member of the Congressional Black Caucus to pass away this year. She is preceded by former Rep. Augustus Hawkins of California, Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald of California and former Rep. Parren Mitchell of Maryland.