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Mississippi pioneer publisher dies at 80

Charles Tisdale, who fought for civil

rights as owner and publisher of Mississippi's oldest black-owned

newspaper, died Saturday. He was 80.

Tisdale collapsed last week while undergoing dialysis.

He had been on life support until his family decided to take him

off Saturday night.

Tisdale took over the Jackson Advocate in the late-1970s, and

was an outspoken critic of elected officials, both black and white.

Activist Charles Evers, brother of slain civil rights leader

Medgar Evers, said Tisdale was concerned about the welfare of all

citizens, not just blacks.

For 20 years, Tisdale had a talk show on Evers' radio station,

W-M-P-R in Jackson, where he often took elected leaders to task for

not effectively serving their community.

Tisdale faced repercussions for his outspokenness.

He often said he was the target of death threats.

His newspaper office near downtown Jackson was firebombed at

least twice. The latest was in 1998, when gasoline was poured over

the furniture and molotov cocktails were thrown through windows.

A family representative said there will be a viewing Friday and

Saturday with a funeral scheduled for Saturday night. But funeral

arrangements were incomplete Sunday.

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