Indiana Congresswoman Julia Carson Dies at Age 69

Rep. Julia Carson (D-Ind.), the first African-American and the first woman to represent Indianapolis, died of lung cancer Saturday. Carson was an outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq. She was also a champion of children's issues, women's rights, and efforts to reduce homelessness.

Carson told NPR correspondent Daniel Zwerdling in a 1996 interview, "My mother dropped out of school when she was in the second grade. She lost her own mother when she was only four years of age — and for someone like me to be able to walk life's journey into the halls of the United States Congress, as an elected member of that body, it's most overwhelming..."

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