Charlotte civil rights leader Sarah Stevenson dies at age 97

Stevenson was the first African-American woman to serve on the CMS Board of Education.
Stevenson passed away on Tuesday at the age of 97.
Published: Sep. 27, 2023 at 10:30 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A pioneering civil rights activist and first African-American woman elected to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board passed away this week.

Sarah Stevenson died on Tuesday at 97 years old. She co-founded the Tuesday Forum, and personally led civil discussions on a variety of issues.

Stevenson served on the CMS Board of Education from 1980-1988.

Community members began sharing their condolences within hours of her death.

Including this one from Mecklenburg County district attorney Spencer Merriweather.

“Mrs. Stevenson dedicated her life to advocating for the well-being of children and families and promoted important discourse about lifting up the most vulnerable among us,” Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather said on social media. “Her voice is irreplaceable.”

Her funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

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