Civil-Rights Activist Ida B. Kinney Dies At 104

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Civil-rights activist Ida B. Kinney has died at 104. Believed to be the oldest black person living in the San Fernando Valley, Kinney died Jan. 1 of complications related to old age.

The granddaughter of slaves, Kinney was one of the first black "Rosie the Riveters" to work at Burbank's Lockheed Corp. during World War II. While there, she launched a successful drive to integrate the union.

Kinney was a committed volunteer who helped the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People push through various initiatives. She also helped establish a senior center and played a key role in creating the Pacoima Boys & Girls Club.

(APcredit: Los Angeles Times)

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