A Lynchburg Civil Rights Leader Has Died

Media outlets report that civil rights leader Dr. Garnell Stamps passed away this morning. Stamps pioneered the civil rights movement in Lynchburg when the city was in a still very segregated. He marched in Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 and returned last year to attend the 50th anniversary of the march. Stamps was a vocal critic of reports that cleared police of wrongdoing in the September 2006 death of Clarence Beard Jr.; and recently helped to organize a way for people to donate to the burial of slain 18-year-old Jamisha Gilbert in December. Details regarding funeral arrangements have not been released.

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