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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Former state representative and Albany city councilwoman Mary Young- Cummings died Saturday, family members said. Young-Cummings, who was 66, passed away at her home following a lengthy illness. She served in the state house from 1983-92 and played an instrumental part in the civil right's movement of the 1960's.
After completing her law degree in l967, she practiced with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New York City. County Commissioner Gloria Gaines worked with Cummings for more than 40 years and she says Young-Cummings was a strong woman from humble beginnings.
"How do you find your way in a family of 16 children and how do you find your way from the cotton fields of South Georgia to the state house?" Gaines said. "If they could just see how much determination it took to get to where she was with the obstacles she had to face, they would be amazed."
Mrs. Young-Cummings received numerous awards and honors including the Albany NAACP Freedom Award, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Drum Major for Justice Award, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award in Albany.
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