Community to bid farewell to civil rights icon Rev. Betty Claiborne


(WVLA-WGMB)BATON ROUGE, La– Baton Rouge is mourning the loss of local Civil Rights icon. Reverend Betty Claiborne. Claiborne is noted for leading the chare back in 1963, to integrate the city
park’s swimming pool. Many who knew her says that she was a fighter until the end. Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome says Claiborne was a wom who fought for equality for all.
Back in the the 1960’s, Claiborne and her now late sister, Pearl George and other activist were arrested after attempting a swim-in when she was only 20 years old. Claiborne
was pardoned by late Governor Kathleen Blanco.
A memorial service for Reverend Claiborne is set for Wednesday, Janaury 15th at St. Mary AME Church in Addis, Louisiana.

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