American civil rights activistDied when: 86 years 56 days (1033 months)
Star Sign: Pisces
Unita Zelma Blackwell (March 18, 1933 – May 13, 2019) was an American civil rights activist who was the first African-American woman to be elected mayor in the U.S. state of Mississippi.
Blackwell was a project director for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and helped organize voter drives for African Americans across Mississippi.
She was also a founder of the US China Peoples Friendship Association, a group dedicated to promoting cultural exchange between the United States and China.
Barefootin', Blackwell's autobiography, published in 2006, charts her activism.
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