Local NAACP president passes away

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Local NAACP President and long time civil rights leader Dr. Prince Jackson has died.

The former president of Savannah State University and president played an integral part in the civil rights movement in the 1950s. He stepped down from his presidency at SSU in 1978 but stayed on as a faculty member until 1999 when he retired.

Jackson was 85 years old.

"I remember a time when we had 5,000 black voters in Savannah, and we had to push them to get them to vote because people didn't believe they could vote," Jackson told WTOC in January 2009 after President Barack Obama won the presidential election. "Our target was not the presidency of the United States. We were shooting at being allowed to go eat inside restaurants."

In 2008, Jackson spoke out for the first time in support of death row inmate Troy Davis, saying he did not believe Davis was guilty of the 1989 fatal shooting Savannah police officer Mark Macphail.

There is no word yet on funeral arrangements.

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