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Lawyer and Civil Rights Activist Is Shot and Killed in His Home

Posted Jun 20, 2011 6:26 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Updated: Lawyer and civil rights activist C. Frederick Robinson was shot and killed in his home in Flint, Mich., last Friday.

Police originally said they did not have a suspect in the death of Robinson, 79, the Flint Journal reports. Later police said they were seeking a "person of interest"—a former client Robinson had represented in a 2009 retail fraud case involving Macy's, the Flint Journal reports in a separate story. The woman, 31-year-old Rene Williams, goes by the name of "Lucky," the newspaper says.

A graduate of Howard University law school, Robinson moved to Flint in the 1950s, where he worked to eliminate racial barriers. His city hall sleep-in helped make Flint the first city in the nation to ban housing discrimination. He also worked to eliminate the school board’s use of separate screening committees to hire black and white teachers, and worked on a lawsuit that opened up an all-white cemetery to black burials.

Updated on June 23 to include information about a person of interest.

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