William Gray III, Black Congressman Who Broke Ceiling

William Gray III, Black Congressman Who Broke Ceiling

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Former U.S. Representative William H. Gray III is seen in this file photo at a benefit for the United Negro College Fund in New York during December 1997. Gray served six terms in Congress and became the first black Democratic whip and the first black chairman of the House Budget Committee. Gray, a former Baptist minister, died yesterday in London at the age of 71.