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Louis Stokes

The Gentleman from Ohio

Louis Stokes
Co-author: David Chanoff

Published: 2016-08-18

Genre: non-fiction

Louis Stokes was raised in Cleveland’s projects, the son of a single mother who lost her husband when Louis was three. He was also the brother of former Cleveland mayor, Carl Stokes, who, before being elected as Cleveland’s first African American mayor, was elected as the first African American Democrat in the state legislature. Louis Stokes died at the age of ninety very shortly after finishing this autobiography.

Angela Stokes, daughter of the Honorable Congressman, will represent her father at Books By The Banks. Angela R. Stokes was first elected as a judge of the Cleveland Municipal Court November 7, 1995 to an unexpired term, and was re-elected to a full six-year term in 1999, 2005, and 2011. She retired from the Cleveland Municipal Court January 6, 2016. As a judge, Angela presided over criminal and civil cases, including pre-trials, bench trials and jury trials. She also performed marriages.

In addition, during her term of service on the Cleveland Municipal Court bench, Angela established Project HOPE (Holistic Opportunities and Preventative Education) which was the Cleveland Municipal Court’s rehabilitative program for prostitution offenders. The mission of Project HOPE was to use the criminal justice system not only to stop the commission of these offenses, but also to see the offenders as victims in need of serious life changes to reduce recidivism and help them become positive, productive members in the community with legitimate gainful employment.

In 1984, Angela Stokes received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D. C. Graduating with Honors, she was awarded the Bachelors of Arts Degree in 1981 from the University of Maryland.

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