Mikva Messenger

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Abner Mikva was an American politician who lived from 1926-2016. He served in all three branches of government throughout his career including as a federal judge, a senator, and as an advisor to President Clinton. Mikva was a mentor to a young Illinois politician, Barack Obama, and was one of the people that encouraged him to run for president. During Mikva’s campaigns for senate, campaign volunteers, including children, were called “Mikva Messengers”, going door to door to talk about the campaign and try to connect with voters.  On August 20, 1978, Vice President Mondale came to Illinois and attended events and rallies promoting local democrats, including Mikva.


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Abner Mikva, Former Illinois Congressman And Obama Mentor, Dies [Radio broadcast transcript]. (2016, July 5). All Things Considered. https://link-gale-com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/apps/doc/A457050258/BIC?u=csusj&sid=bookmark-BIC&xid=f9b2b1be


Gaynor, P. (2016, July 6.). Tribute to Abner Mikva: Mikva Challenge. Mikva Challenge. https://mikvachallenge.org/blog/tribute-abner-mikva-paul-gaynor/


News stories from Sunday August 20, 1978. (n.d.). Ultimate 70s. https://www.ultimate70s.com/seventies_history/19780820/news


Langer, E. (2016, July 5). Abner Mikva, liberal titan of law and politics, dies at 90. Washington Posthttps://link-gale-com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/apps/doc/A457003024/BIC?u=csusj&sid=bookmark-BIC&xid=9571d8a1

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