Funeral service, homegoing celebration to be held for former Congresswoman Carrie Meek

A funeral and homegoing celebration will be held Tuesday for former Congresswoman Carrie Meek in Miami Gardens.

The service is being held at 11 a.m. at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.

Meek died on Nov. 28 at age 95 at her home in Miami after battling a long illness, family spokesperson Adam Sharon said in a statement. The family did not specify a cause of death.

Meek was the first Black professor at Miami Dade College. She went on to become an associate dean, and assistant to the vice president at the college.

After that, Meek continued breaking barriers, serving as the first Black woman elected to the Florida Senate before becoming the first Black lawmaker from Florida to serve in Congress since the post-Civil War Reconstruction.

In Congress, Meek championed affirmative action, economic opportunities for the poor and efforts to bolster democracy in and ease immigration restrictions on Haiti, the birthplace of many of her constituents.

She also was known for her liberal opinions, folksy yet powerful oratory and colorful Republican bashing.

“The last Republican that did something for me was Abraham Lincoln,” she told the state delegation to the 1996 Democratic Convention in Chicago.

Meek is survived by her children Lucia Davis-Raiford, Sheila Davis Kinui and Kendrick B. Meek, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews.

Local 10 News reporter Christian De La Rosa contributed to this report.

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