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December 12, 2007

C.C. BRYANT SR., 90 Civil rights veteran

C.C. Bryant Sr., a civil rights veteran whose community service in Mississippi extended well beyond the turbulent 1960s, died Sunday at his home in McComb, Miss.

Mr. Bryant and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee launched a voter registration drive in southwestern Mississippi in 1961. In the 1960s, he endured jail and threats, including the bombing of his family home and barber shop.

Mr. Bryant once described McComb's violent summer of 1964 as "hell on earth."

Over the years, Mr. Bryant received many awards for his activism and community service. He served as president of the McComb NAACP for more than 33 years. In later years, Mr. Bryant's work focused on crime, drug abuse, joblessness, poverty and nutrition.

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