John A. Payton, of NAACP Legal Defense Fund dies

March 23, 2012

John A. Payton, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, has died, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous has confirmed for The Root. He was 65.


NAACP Legal Defense Fund President and Director John Payton. (Alex Brandon/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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