Patricia Stephens Due, civil rights icon, lost her courageous battle with thyroid cancer Feb. 7. She was 72. She passed in a nursing home in Smyrna, Ga., surrounded by loved ones.
She led the first jail-in in the nation in 1960, refusing to make bail for her arrest at a Woolworth lunch counter in Tallahassee. The jail-in caught the attention of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson, who praised her for her courage and wrote her encouraging letters.