Dellums, Ronald V., 1935-2018

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Ronald Vernie Dellums (November 24, 1935 – July 30, 2018) was an American politician who served as Mayor of Oakland from 2007 to 2011. He had previously served thirteen terms as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 9th congressional district, in office from 1971 to 1998, after which he worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.

Dellums was born into a family of labor organizers, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps before serving on the Berkeley, California, City Council. He was the first African American elected to Congress from Northern California and the first successful openly socialist non-incumbent Congressional candidate after World War II. His politics earned him a place on President Nixon's enemies list.

During his career in Congress, he fought the MX Missile project and opposed expansion of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber program. When President Ronald Reagan vetoed Dellums's Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, a Democratic-controlled House and a Republican-controlled Senate overrode Reagan's veto, the first override of a presidential foreign-policy veto in the 20th century.

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referencedIn National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing (1950- ). Archives 1945-1974. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
referencedIn David R. Bassett Papers, 1963-2004, 1972-2000 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Ronald V. Dellums Congressional Papers, 1971-1999 inclusive African American Museum and Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
editorOf Records of the Office of Communications (Clinton Administration), 1993 - 2001. Don Baer's Files, 1994 - 1997 William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum
referencedIn Audio collection of June Jordan, (inclusive), 1970-2000 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn University of California, Berkeley. Institute of Governmental Studies. [California general election, 1982 (Nov. 2), Congressional District 8 candidates, Dellums and Hutchison : campaign ephemera and newspaper clippings]. Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley
referencedIn Jessica Mitford Papers TXRC91-A11., 1949-73 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Bassett, David R., 1928-. David R. Bassett visual materials. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Sound Recordings of Meetings and Telephone Conversations (Nixon Administration). 2/16/1971 - 7/18/1973. Sound Recordings of Meetings and Telephone Conversations. 2/16/1971 - 7/18/1973. White House telephone tape number 2 Richard Nixon Library
creatorOf Mitford, Jessica, 1917-1996. Papers, 1949-1973 (bulk 1961-1973). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn University of California, Berkeley. Institute of Governmental Studies. [California general election, 1992 (Nov. 3), 9th congressional district candidates, Dellums, Hunter, et al. : campaign ephemera and newspaper clippings]. Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley
referencedIn Roddey E. Mims Collection. 1976 - 1982. Roddey E. Mims' Files, 1976-1982 Jimmy Carter Library
referencedIn Anglada López, Rafael, 1950-. Papers, 1936-2002 ; bulk: 1970-1980. New York State Historical Documents
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Anglada López, Rafael 1950-. Papers, 1936-2002 ; bulk: 1970-1980. Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos
referencedIn Floyd B. McKissick Papers, 1940s-1980s University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn University of California, Berkeley. Institute of Governmental Studies. [California primary election, 1994 (Nov. 8), U.S. House candidates, Baker, Bono, Dellums, et al. : newspaper clippings]. Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley
referencedIn San Francisco Women for Peace records, 1943-[on-going] Bancroft Library
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creatorOf The HistoryMakers Video Oral History with The Honorable Ronald Dellums The HistoryMakers
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associatedWith Anglada López, Rafael, 1950- person
associatedWith Barnett, Ida Nell person
associatedWith Bassett, David R., 1928- person
memberOf Berkeley (Calif.). City Council corporateBody
associatedWith Black Panther Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
nieceOrNephewOf Dellums, C. L. person
spouseOf Dellums, Leola "Roscoe", 1941- person
associatedWith Grossman, Hazel. person
associatedWith Halterman, H. Lee person
associatedWith Hamburg, Alice. person
associatedWith June Jordan, 1936-2002 person
associatedWith McKissick, Floyd B. (Floyd Bixler), 1922- person
almaMaterOf Merritt College (Oakland, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Mitford, Jessica, 1917- person
associatedWith National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing (1950- ) corporateBody
associatedWith Oakland (Calif.). Mayor corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Oakland Technical High School (Oakland, Calif.) corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf San Francisco State University corporateBody
memberOf United States. Congress. House person
associatedWith United States.Congress.House.Committee on National Security corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf University of California at Berkeley corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
District of Columbia DC US
Oakland CA US
San Francisco CA US
Berkeley CA US
Subject
Legislators--United States--Biography
Black power--United States
African Americans--Politics and government
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Atrocities
Civil rights movements--United States--History--20th century
African Americans--Civil rights
Black militant organizations--United States
Political participation--United States
Primaries--California--Case studies
Occupation
City Councilman
Professors (teacher)
Lobbyists
Authors
Political activists--California
Representatives, U.S. Congress--California
Social workers
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Birth 1935-11-24

Death 2018-07-30

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Americans

English

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