Civil rights activist Gloria Richardson, who helped lead Maryland’s sweeping grassroots movement of sit-ins and protests aiming to desegregate businesses and local communities, died Thursday at the age of 99.
Richardson’s granddaughter, Tya Young, told The Associated Press that she passed away in her sleep in New York City.
The Baltimore native, who attracted praise after she was captured in a photograph pushing away the bayonet of a National Guardsmen, helped organize and lead the Cambridge Movement in Cambridge, Md. on the Eastern Shore.
Young explained to the AP that while her grandmother was not one of the most well-known leaders of the civil rights era, the activist did not participate in sit-ins at restaurants, bowling alleys and movie theaters for recognition from others.
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