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Ann Shaw dies at 93; civic leader in Los Angeles for five decades
Ann Shaw dies at 93; civic leader in Los Angeles for five decades

In 1849, a black man walked into a one-room schoolhouse in Ohio with his son, Ed. "What's the matter with this damn schoolhouse that they won't take Ed?" he said when he confronted the white schoolmaster. "Ed has got to get in!" His words rang for generations of his family, particularly his great-granddaughter, Ann Shaw. "I grew up with the understanding that I was responsible … for not opening doors but for putting my foot in the door, holding them wide open for others to pass through," Shaw, who cut a wide swath across Los Angeles as a civic leader for five decades, said when she recounted the story more than a century later. Her...

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