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A former aide to Martin Luther King ,Jr., the Rev.Walter Fauntroy, became the first non-voting Congressional delegate from the District of Columbia since the Reconsruction period on March 23,1971.



a Delegate from the District of Columbia; born in Washington, D.C., February 6, 1933; attended Washington (D.C.) public schools; graduated from Dunbar High School, Washington, D.C., 1952; B.A., Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va., 1955; B.D., Yale University Divinity School, 1958; pastor, New Bethel Baptist Church, 1959 to present; founder and director, Model Inner City Community Organization, 1966-1972; director, Washington Bureau, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1960-1971; vice chairman, District of Columbia City Council, 1967-1969; vice chairman, White House Conference to Fulfill These Rights, 1966; national coordinator, Poor People’s Campaign, 1969; chairman, board of directors, Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Social Change, Atlanta, Ga.; member, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, 1961-1971; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1972; elected as a Democrat a Delegate to the Ninety-second Congress, by special election, March 23, 1971; reelected to the nine succeeding Congresses (March 23, 1971-January 3, 1991); was not a candidate for renomination to the One Hundred Second Congress in 1990 but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination for mayor of Washington, D.C.; is a resident of Washington, D.C.

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