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Braden was a New Orleans lawyer and social activist who served a single term in the state senate from 1978 to 1984.
"Today we lost a civic giant who worked tirelessly on behalf of our community," reads a statement by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "Hank Braden served our city, our state and our country with distinction for decades. From his work with the Urban League and Total Community Action, to his service in the legislature, he truly personified what it means to be a public servant. He will be dearly missed, but his legacy will certainly live on."
Braden, who served as director of manpower and economic development in Mayor Moon Landrieu's administration in 1974, was 68 years old.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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