Former Rep. Cardiss Collins was the first African-American woman to represent Illinois in Congress, has died Sunday at 81. She came to Congress after her husband, Rep. George Collins, died in a place crash.
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, former staffer on Capitol Hill and political analyst. She created the blog Crewof42, a blog that covers African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin and on WHUR, WURD, and WVON. Ms. Burke has enjoyed employment at USA Today and ABC News and the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee. She writes a weekly column for NNPA. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail anytime: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @Crewof42