Congressman Cicilline Statement on the Passing of Rhode Island Icon Michael Van Leesten
PAWTUCKET, RI (STL.News) – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement Friday following the death of Michael Van Leesten, a champion for civil rights and community leader:
“I’m heartbroken to hear about the passing of my friend, Michael Van Leesten. Rhode Island has lost a civil rights icon and an extraordinary community leader, successful businessman, and beloved community builder. As a young man, Mike was a standout athlete and a neighborhood advocate in every sense of the word.