Congressman Alcee Hastings, after career of triumph, calamity and Recovery, dies at 84

Congressman Alcee Hastings died Tuesday.

The South Florida congressman, who was 84, created history in several ways — positive and negative. He had been a civil rights lawyer in 1960s and’70s Fort Lauderdale. He was Florida’s first Black federal judge, and was afterwards impeached and removed. He had been part of the earliest Black members of Congress from Florida since Reconstruction.