Former mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina from 1973 to 1975 who was the first African American elected mayor of a metropolitan Southern city. His election is considered a watershed moment in race relations.
He served in the U.S. Army for three years during World War II.
He served as an interim State Senator for a year after Senator John Winters resigned in 1977.
He had four children with his wife Marguerite Massey.
He was a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention, which chose Al Gore as it's nominee.