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Former Presidential Candidate and HBCU Grad Herman Cain Dies from COVID-19 After Attending Tulsa Trump Rally

Former Presidential Candidate and HBCU Grad Herman Cain Dies from COVID-19 After Attending Tulsa Trump Rally
Posted By: Will Moss on July 30, 2020

Not many people realized the former presidential candidate Herman Cain was a proud HBCU graduate having attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

Herman Cain, the 2012 presidential candidate and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Omaha Branch has died. Cain was last seen publicly at the Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma in early July. He was hospitalized with Covid-19 soon after.

Born on December 13, 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee, Herman Cain later became a wealthy businessman by investing in Burger King and Godfather’s Pizza franchises. Cain’s success at Burger King prompted Pillsbury to appoint him president and CEO of another subsidiary, Godfather’s Pizza. According to his Wikipedia page, when Cain arrived at Godfather’s Pizza he told employees, “I’m Herman Cain and this ain’t no April Fool’s joke. We are not ****. Our objective is to prove to Pillsbury and everyone else that we will survive.”

Cain was last seen publicly at the Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma in early July. He was hospitalized with Covid-19 soon after.

Herman Cain was a Republican. In 1996 he served as a senior economic adviser to Bob Dole’s presidential campaign.



From 1996 to 1999, Cain served as president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.

Herman Cain was an American business executive, syndicated columnist, Tea Party activist and a staunch Republican. He was born in the south during the Jim Crow Era in Memphis. He was raised in Georgia during the Civil Rights Era and attended Morehouse College, an HBCU – Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

In May 2011, Cain announced his 2012 presidential candidacy. By the fall, his proposed 9–9–9 tax plan and debating performances had made him a serious contender for the Republican nomination. In November, however, his campaign faced allegations of **** misconduct—all denied by Cain—and he announced its suspension on December 3. He remained involved in politics afterwards.

Cain died on July 30, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19.

Herman Cain’s political ideology ran counter to the positions taken by the LA Progressive but he was a survivor of the Jim Crow south. He fought to “live large” in a country that demeans, demoralizes, and often defeats men like Cain. In spite of our ideological differences, for his efforts to make this country live up to its claim, we honor Herman Cain. Our heart felt condolences go out to the Cain family.

Sharon Kyle
Publisher, LA Progressive
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