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Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Roy Innis dies at 82
Roy Innis, conservative civil rights crusader who embraced gun rights, dies
Roy Innis, a polarizing civil rights icon who famously tussled with the Rev.
Al Sharpton and a white supremacist on TV talk shows, has died. He was 82.
Innis died Sunday at a New York City hospital. The cause was complications
from Parkinson’s disease, according to the Washington Post.
Innis led the Congress of Racial Equality for more than four decades —
espousing a conservatism that was reviled by left-leaning activists.
He transformed CORE from a multiracial group known for pushing nonviolent
social change, to a black nationalist organization that resisted
Innis decried affirmative action and loudly opposed busing as a strategy to
combat segregation in schools.
A National Rifle Association board member, he also drew the condemnation of
other black activists by arguing that gun control was “meant to deprive you
of your freedom.”