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A leader of the civil rights movement who made history while a student in Florida has died. Patricia Stephens Due died yesterday at the age of 72.  While Martin Luther King is recognized by many as a hero within the civil rights moveement, there are others who say Patricia Due was one of its heroines.  She went to jail in Tallahassee because she tried to integrate the lunch counter at a Woolworth’s store.

Paul Ortiz, associate professor of history at the University of Florida is an expert on the civil rights era.  He told WUFT-FM’s Caitlin Lawrence that Patricia Due left a significant mark on the civil rights movement.

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About Ethan Magoc

Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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