Admiration for Fannie Lewis - letter to the editor

Cleveland Plain Dealer

There are a lot of wonderful things to say about Fannie Lewis and the service she provided to Cleveland. She possessed a deep empathy for the poor and a passion for public service. She was a determined advocate for her ward.

But my admiration for Fannie Lewis and what she meant to Cleveland families comes from a more personal story.

More than 25 years ago, during my race for secretary of state, she and I were spending the day together campaigning in Ward 7.

At one stop, there was an official league baseball game being played. Players, mostly in their 20s, were outfitted in their new uniforms.

When we got out of the car and started walking toward the field, I said to Fannie, "We can't interrupt this game."

Fannie just kept walking to the pitcher's mound.

The game stopped. Everyone - on both teams - wanted their picture taken with their councilwoman, Fannie Lewis.

Everyone - everyone - loved Fannie Lewis.

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