SELMA (March 6, 2012)—“Donald Payne was a friend to me for forty years. He was a social worker, a teacher and the foremost authority on Africa with a commitment to democracy, change and justice in the U.S. Congress.
Serving 23 years in the House of Representatives, Congressman Payne stood out as a frame of reference because of his in-depth knowledge of every African leader and the challenges their countries faced. He used his knowledge and scholarly pursuits to help shape U.S. policies as they related to Africa.
As he pursued expanding mutually beneficial ties with Africa, freeing Mandela, ending colonialism, and expanding democracy in Africa, Donald Payne was a force for hope.
His passing leaves a huge hole in the sky. He will be remembered forever and missed by many. We offer our sincerest condolences to his family.”