|Louis Stokes Joins the Chapter Invisible|
Brother Stokes had a stellar career in the U. S. Congress where he served 30 years, leaving a legacy that will always be remembered as we visit several monuments named in his honor, including the "Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library" Howard University, Washington, DC; the "Louis Stokes Laboratories", National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; and the "Louis Stokes Department of Veterans Affairs", Cleveland, OH. Brother Stokes was a "brother's brother", always willing to engage members of our fraternity in conversation, whenever he could. His active participation in the fraternity was recognized by the fraternity, bestowing the 51st Laurel Wreath on him.
LOUIS STOKES, the first African-American member of Congress from the state of Ohio, transitioned to the Chapter Invisible, Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at the age of 90. Retired Congressman Stokes was initiated at the Cleveland State University, January 19, 1948, the Alpha Omega of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. At his death he was a member of the Cleveland Alumni Chapter.
As a U. S. Congressman, Brother Stokes was one of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as a trustee of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Change. Stokes earned his doctor of laws degree from Cleveland-Marshall law school in 1953 and practiced law for 14 years before serving in Congress. As a practicing lawyer, he participated in three cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including arguing the landmark "stop and frisk" case of Terry v. Ohio. He played a pivotal role in the quest for social and economic justice, civil rights and equality throughout his career. Stokes was the recipient of 27 honorary doctorate degrees.
He received the Congressional Distinguished Service Award in 2003, becoming the first African American to earn this honor. Members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity are grateful to Brother Stokes' wife of 55 years, Mrs. Jay Stokes, and the family for supporting our brother in his many activities in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. The life of Brother Stokes is a fitting eulogy, a snapshot into the life of a great man, who gave to the world the best that he had, and the world is better because of his contributions to mankind.
Brothers are asked to drape their badges for 30 days in honor of Brother Stokes.