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Cleveland civil rights leader Arnold Pinkney dies

Former Browns chief executive Carmen Policy and Arnold Pinkney (right) attended Marion Motley’s funeral in 1999.
Former Browns chief executive Carmen Policy and Arnold Pinkney (right) attended Marion Motley’s funeral in 1999.Ron Kuntz/Associated Press

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CLEVELAND — A political strategist and civil rights activist who helped elect Ohio’s first black congressman and managed Jesse Jackson’s unsuccessful 1984 presidential campaign has died. Arnold Pinkney was 84.

His wife, Betty Pinkney, said he died Monday at a Cleveland hospice after a recent hospitalization.

Mr. Pinkney had a long career in Democratic political campaigns, including the 1968 campaign of Louis Stokes, who became Ohio’s first black member of Congress. He also advised Jackson, Mayor Carl Stokes of Cleveland, and Governor Richard Celeste.

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