Local civil rights leader Dr. C.O. Simpkins passes away

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Dr. C.O. Simpkins, a local civil rights icon, a veteran, civic leader, and founding member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference passed away Wednesday night.

Shreveport City Councilman Willie Bradford posted a statement on Facebook saying Dr. Simpkins passed away after being hospitalized for several days.

Mayor Perkins posted a statement saying “Both our city and our country will forever be indebted to Dr. C.O. Simpkins for his courageous service. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Perkins shared a photo taken in 1958, showing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. seated in the upper left with Dr. Simpkins to his right.

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