• First black president of the Boston City Council dies at 67

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    (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – The first black president of the Boston City Council died early Tuesday morning at his home in Roxbury.

    Bruce Bolling, 67, had fought a long battle with prostate cancer.  He was the son of Massachusetts Senator Royal Bolling.  His brother, Royal Bolling, Jr., served as a state representative.

    Bolling spent 12 years on the Boston City Council, including a two-year term as president in the mid-1980s.

    Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy released a statement calling Bolling a "man of great vision, integrity, and courage." Murphy added, "Boston is poorer for Bolling's passing."

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