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Willis Edwards dies at 66; L.A. civil rights activist
Willis Edwards dies at 66; L.A. civil rights activist

Willis Edwards, a civil rights and political activist in Los Angeles' African American community and the former leader of the Beverly Hills-Hollywood branch of the NAACP who was a controversial force behind its entertainment industry Image Awards, has died of cancer. He was 66.Edwards died Friday at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed.Edwards was well known in local and national African American and Democratic Party circles as a brash yet endearing "fixer" who worked on many elections, including the 1988 presidential campaign of the Rev. Jesse Jackson. He was able to charm and push his way through potential roadblocks to make crucial...

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