Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Longtime civil rights activist Ozell Sutton dead at 90

Mark Davis, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ozell Sutton, a longtime civil rights activist who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., died Saturday. He was 90.

Sutton, friends said, may have been one of the most unknown of a cadre of influential civil rights workers.

In 1957, in the early, unsettled days of school desegregation, he helped enroll nine African-American students at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. In 1965, he marched for equal rights in Selma, Ala., confronting angry police. Three years later, in 1968, he was in a Memphis hotel room adjacent to King’s when the minister was assassinated.

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