Rudy Lombard won the battle against segregation but lost his battle with cancer

Published On June 28, 2015 | By scook | Great Black Men, The latest posts, Uncategorized, video

Rudy Lombard was a civil rights icon in his native Louisiana.  As a young man, he was arrested for leading New Orleans’ first anti-segregation sit-in at lunch counters.  What made Lombard remarkable is that he took his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won.

In his later years, he was stricken with pancreatic cancer and finally succumbed to the disease on December 13, 2014.  He was only 75 years old.

In this rare clip, Lombard talks about the disparities that exists with Black people and healthcare.  He said, “We have the greatest rate of all kinds of disease disparities including that, we seem to die more than any other ethnic group.”

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