“The last Republican that did something for me was Abraham Lincoln.”
Educator, stateswoman and Democratic legislator, she served in the Florida House of Representatives, 1979-1982. The first African-American woman elected to the Florida Senate, 1982-1992. Served in the United States House of Representatives, 1993-2003. Instrumental in helping women in the Black community join the women’s movement for equality. Founder of the Carrie Meek Foundation.
Photo 1. Representative Carrie Meek, 1980. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory [Photo: Dughi, Donn (Donald Gregory), 1932-2005]. Photo 2. Ms. Meek introduced then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at a campaign event in Miami in 2007. [Photo: Lynn Sladky, Associated Press]