Graham represented Ward 1 in Washington, D.C. from 1999–2015. Known for his glasses, bow ties and crisp suits Graham helped serve and rebuild Ward 1 U Street NW and 14th Street NW which was hit heavy by the 1968 riots after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Graham, was a LGBT and Aids activist. He served for 16 years on the D.C. Council before a corruption scandal upended his quest for a fifth term in 2014.
He died June 11 afte rbattling a bacterial infection and died of a “chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. He was 71 years old.