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Civil Rights Activist Mary Wesley dies; had Alabama connection

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  • A.J. Wright
    December 12, 2002 E-mail story PASSINGS Mary Hamilton Wesley, 67; Civil Rights Activist Challenged Segregation From Staff and Wire Reports Mary Hamilton
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      December 12, 2002 E-mail story

      PASSINGS

      Mary Hamilton Wesley, 67; Civil Rights Activist Challenged Segregation

      From Staff and Wire Reports

      Mary Hamilton Wesley, 67, a civil rights activist whose insistence that she
      be addressed with the same respect given whites became an issue before the
      U.S. Supreme Court, died Nov. 11 near Ossining, N.Y. She had battled ovarian

      cancer for several years.

      In the 1960s, Wesley joined the Freedom Riders, a group that tested the
      South's resistance to a 1960 Supreme Court ban on segregation at bus and
      train stations.

      A light-skinned black who refused to pass for white, Wesley was arrested on
      charges of disturbing the police after a bus ride through Alabama in 1963.
      During the court hearing, an attorney insisted on calling her Mary, instead
      of Miss Hamilton. She said she would refuse to answer his question "until I
      am addressed correctly."

      The judge found her in contempt and sentenced her to five days in jail and a

      $50 fine.

      Her conviction was upheld by the Alabama Supreme Court, but reversed in 1964

      by the U.S. Supreme Court.

      Wesley was a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was educated at Briarcliff
      College and Manhattanville College, both in New York, and became an English
      teacher who taught for many years in the Los Angeles area.


      http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-passings12.3dec12,0,5639707.sto
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