COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gloria Blackwell, whose participation in
the civil rights movement of the 1960s got her arrested and cost
her a teaching job in Orangeburg has died in Georgia from
congestive heart failure. She was 83.
Blackwell's daughter, Lurma Rackley, said her mother died
Tuesday and a memorial would be held Dec. 18 at her home church in
Peachtree City, Ga.
Blackwell retired from Clark Atlanta University in 1993 after 20
years of teaching, but it was her work in Orangeburg County helping
to integrate schools and the hospital for which she is most
U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn described her as a tremendous spirit and a
fearless worker for civil rights. Her daughter said her family
sometimes worried about her safety because she put herself on the
front line so many times.
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