National, state civil rights leader Rupert Richardson dies at 78
|1/25/2008, 7:56 p.m. CST
The Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Civil rights leader Rupert F. Richardson, who served as national president of the NAACP, has died. She was 78.
Richardson collapsed and died Thursday as she was decorating a Baton Rouge home she had recently moved into, her son, Thomas Clemons, told The (Baton Rouge) Advocate. An official cause of death has not been announced.
Funeral arrangements were pending but there were tentative plans to hold services late next week in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, her hometown, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said Friday in a written statement.
———I was so sad to learn today that my friend and former boss Rupert Richardson has died. What makes me feel more sad is how on her birthday, January 14 if I remembered correctly, I attempted to get in touch with her, and I think of this – how the need to let her know I was happy and what I was doing was strong, how I did a google, looked up her address, read about her, smiled at the photos of her in her hats, how I meant to send her a card, or perhaps phone her. I wanted her to be proud of me, to know how strong a woman I have become. I never got that far, as I let life get in the way — I missed the opportutnity to talk to her and just twelve days later she is gone. It’s been years since I’ve seen her or spoken with her. We let our friendship drift away as we moved about our lives, jobs, moves, through time and circumstance. I thought I had time, didn’t I?. We had many talks about life and people and race–I learned a lot from her…I hope she learned something from me.