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Yuri Kochiyama dies at 93; civil rights activist, friend of Malcolm X
Yuri Kochiyama dies at 93; civil rights activist, friend of Malcolm X

A famous Life magazine photograph from 1965 shows Malcolm X lying on the stage of a New York City ballroom moments after assassins had shot him down. One of the first people who rushed to his side was a petite Asian woman in glasses who is seen cradling his head in her hands. A hotbed of black liberation was an unlikely place to find a middle-aged Japanese American mother of six who had grown up teaching Sunday school in a mostly white section of San Pedro. But history's twists had turned Yuri Kochiyama onto an unexpected path. Kochiyama, who straddled black revolutionary politics and Asian American empowerment movements during four decades of activism that was just beginning when...

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