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Civil rights activist Wilson dead at 90

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Long-time civil rights activist Margaret Bush Wilson, who fought employment discrimination, has died in St. Louis at the age of 90, her family says.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said Wilson was the head of the Missouri NAACP when dozens of civil rights activists began protesting for equal job opportunities for minorities in 1963.

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Former U.S. Rep. Bill Clay, D-Mo., remembered the former chairwoman of the national NAACP as a woman driven to break racial and gender barriers.

"She was a role model for so many people, especially for women and for many lawyers," Clay, a longtime friend of Wilson's, said of the civil rights pioneer's death Tuesday. "I don't think anybody will take her place."

The NAACP said the organization "lost a champion and the world has lost a pioneer."

Wilson is survived by her son, Robert Edmund Wilson III; her sister, Ermine Byas; and two grandsons.

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