BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Funeral services were held for a long-time Maryland politician on Sunday. Hundreds paid their respects to Clarence Mitchell III.
Adam May has more.
Former State Sen. Clarence Mitchell was honored by hundreds of family members, friends and political leaders.
“What we’re celebrating– the Mitchell family, a family of change against who fought against closed doors and diminished opportunity,” U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said.
“We remember his passion, his passion for service, his fine-tuned sense of justice and his fearless advocacy,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.
In the legislature, Mitchell passed laws requiring equal access to hotels and restaurants for minorities, lead abatement, neighborhood revitalization and established the State Office of Minority Business.
“He changed lives, not only for African-Americans, but he changed it for us all,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said.
“Clarence, we love you. And thank you for lifting us up, for making our dreams, your dreams,” U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-7th District) said.
Mitchell died of lung cancer on Oct. 11. He was 72.