At the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church there was a packed house. It was an overflow crowd of over a thousand people, all to say farewell to Arnold Pinkney.
Many family members and friends were in attendance, as well as a who's who of politics. From local leaders, to state and even national candidates.
Pinkney helped Lou Stokes win office and his brother to become the first black mayor of a major American city.
Rev. Jesse Jackson sent his condolences in a letter that said, ""Obama would not have won if it hadn't been for Arnold's strategy in 1984."
An observation the president agrees with and why he too sent condolences in a message that said, "Michelle and I were saddened of the passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones sincerely, Barack Obama."