- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 27, 2008

Rupert F. Richardson, 78, NAACP ex-head

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Civil rights leader Rupert F. Richardson, who served as national president of the NAACP, has died. She was 78.

Mrs. Richardson collapsed and died Thursday as she was decorating a Baton Rouge home she had recently moved into, her son told the Baton Rouge Advocate. An official cause of death has not been announced.

With the NAACP, Mrs. Richardson led efforts to widen the organization’s scope of civil rights to include human rights and economic parity. From 1992 to 1995, she served nationally as the group’s president and was named president emeritus after that term.

Prior to that, she served eight years as vice president and also had a 16-year tenure as president of the Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP, which created the Rupert F. Richardson Presidential Award in her honor.

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