Former Republican Presidential candidate, restaurant executive, and co-chairman of Black Voices for Trump, Herman Cain has died at 74, after being admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 complications earlier this month. He left behind a wife, Gloria, and two children.
His life is viewed by many as the archetypal American success story, because he was able to overcome his circumstances to achieve greatness. Cain came from a humble upbringing, as his mother Lenora Davis was a domestic worker, and his father Luther was a barber and janitor.
His career was impressive and wide ranging, starting off in a civilian role with the United States Navy while attending Morehouse College. Cain then worked for The Coca Cola Company and Pillsbury, where he oversaw hundreds of Burger King locations. Due to his success with Pillsbury, he became President and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.
Notably, Cain spent much of his life fighting for change in the public sector. He became a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in the 1990’s. In addition, he led the National Restaurant Association, a lobbying group for those in the food industry.
Cain garnered national attention when he ran for the Republican Presidential nomination in the 2012 election. Although he dropped out before the primaries, his 9-9-9 tax plan and Tea Party ideals made lasting marks on the race. A champion of conservative values, Cain was also the author of several books, including his autobiography, “This is Herman Cain!”
To honor his work with America’s youth, Young America’s Foundation spokesman Spencer Brown posted a clip on Twitter of a lecture Cain gave to Columbia University student’s in 2017, that I believe sums up his legacy very well. In the clip, Cain declares that “It’s not a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled. But it is a calamity to have no dreams.”
He will be dearly missed.
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