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Mary Rose Oakar was born in Cleveland. She was the Congresswoman representing Cleveland’s 13th and 20th Congressional Districts. Oakar was the first Arab-American member of the House of Representatives and has served as president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes' election as mayor of Cleveland.