Tampa political icon Perry Harvey, Jr. died Wednesday at the age of 81.
Harvey, who was the city’s first elected black councilman, served on the board from 1983 to 1995.
He was a crusader for civil rights and a strong voice for the black community.
"Perry Harvey, Jr. was a champion for those who had been excluded and those whose voices had never been heard," Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in a statement. "He demanded a seat at the table for everyone and that every part of this community be allowed to participate and share in prosperity. He was a worthy adversary and loyal friend."
Funeral services are scheduled for September 22 at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.
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