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Bobbie Lee Holmes dies at 84; teacher challenged neighbors' racism
Bobbie Lee Holmes dies at 84; teacher challenged neighbors' racism

Bobbie Lee Holmes, a Los Angeles public school teacher who won an early victory for fair housing in California when she and her husband used the courts to challenge the racism of their Pacoima neighbors, died Sept.19 in Petaluma. She was 84. The cause was complications from heart and kidney disease, said her son, Emory Holmes II. In 1959, Holmes and her husband, Emory, moved with their three children from an integrated neighborhood on the east side of Pacoima to an all-white section a few miles away. She was a teacher in the Los Angeles city schools and her husband was a research scientist for Rand Corp., but their new neighbors did not welcome them because they were African American. ...

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