Former Brooklyn Rep. Major Owens -- who helped pass the Americans with Disabilities Act in his 24 years in Congress -- has died.
His son, political activist Chris Owens, wrote on Facebook late Monday: "Tonight, at 8:03 pm, the brave heart of Congressman Major Owens stopped and he joined the ancestors."
Trained as a librarian, Owens served in the House of Representatives from 1983 to 2007. During his 12 terms he advocated for civil rights and education. He was also a rap poet who would often recite poetry on the House floor.
Before entering politics he headed the city's Community Development Agency under Mayor John Lindsay. At the time of his death, he was on the faculty of Medgar Evers College.
Owens was 77. He is survived by his wife and five children.