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Maxine A. Smith, Memphis civil rights leader, dies

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis civil rights leader Maxine A. Smith has died at the age of 83.

Her death Friday was confirmed by Memphis Mayor AC Wharton on his Facebook page.

The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/11K3KoH ) says the retired executive secretary of the Memphis branch of the NAACP and a former city school board member had chronic heart problems.

She was a part of every significant chapter in the city's storied history of race relations over half a century.
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