Bruce Bolling, the first African American president of the Boston City Council, died on Sept. 11, 2012 of prostate cancer. He was 67.

Bolling spent 12 years as a Boston city councilor, and was perhaps best known for his work toward revitalizing what were known in the late 1980s and early 1990s as Boston's "minority neighborhoods." He also focused on fair housing and creating job opportunities for minorities during his tenure with the Boston City Council. Callie Crossley remembered Bruce Bolling on Boston Public Radio with three people who knew and worked with him.