A sharecropper’s daughter, she joined the voter-registration fight before becoming the first black woman elected a mayor in Mississippi.

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    Unita Zelma Blackwell (March 18, 1933 – May 13, 2019) was an American civil rights activist who was the first African-American woman to be elected mayor in the U.S. state of Mississippi.
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    Unita Blackwell, 86, Dies; Rights Crusader and Winner of Historic Election Mayor Unita Blackwell in 2000 in front of the sharecropper’s house in which she grew up in the heart of the Mississippi...
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    Unita Blackwell, 86, Dies; Rights Crusader and Winner of Historic Election In Issaquena County — long one of the poorest and least populated counties in the United States — she was one of eight African-Americans who tried to register to vote in 1964. As they stood outside the courthouse, white men with guns surrounded them.
    06/22/2020 - 1:57 am | View Website
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    Unita Blackwell, 86, Dies; Rights Crusader and Winner of Historic Election May 18, 2019 Politics Comments Off on Unita Blackwell, 86, Dies; Rights Crusader and Winner of Historic Election In Issaquena County — long one of the poorest and least populated counties in the United States — she was one of eight African-Americans who tried to register to vote in 1964.
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  • Unita Blackwell, 68, Dies; Rights Crusader and Winner of ...
    Unita Blackwell, 68, Dies; Rights Crusader and Winner of Historic Election 05/18/2019 Unita Blackwell, who was born in a sharecropper’s shack in Mississippi in the depths of the Depression, grew up having no idea what it meant to vote. She did not even know the word.
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