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Cleveland says farewell to Arnold Pinkney

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

At the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church there was a packed house. It was an overflow crowd of over a thousand people, all to say farewell to Arnold Pinkney. 

Many family members and friends were in attendance, as well as a who's who of politics. From local leaders, to state and even national candidates. 

Pinkney helped Lou Stokes win office and his brother to become the first black mayor of a major American city.

Rev. Jesse Jackson sent his condolences in a letter that said, ""Obama would not have won if it hadn't been for Arnold's strategy in 1984."

An observation the president agrees with and why he too sent condolences in a message that said, "Michelle and I were saddened of the passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones sincerely, Barack Obama."

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