Friday 9 December 2016

Civil rights activist Dr Robert Hayling dies aged 86

Published 25/12/2015 | 06:56

Dr Robert B Hayling pictured in the Florida State Capitol Building - he has died aged 86 (AP/The Florida Times-Union)
Dr Robert B Hayling pictured in the Florida State Capitol Building - he has died aged 86 (AP/The Florida Times-Union)

Leading US civil rights activist Dr Robert B Hayling has died in Florida aged 86.

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His sister, Yvonne Hayling-Clarke, said that he died on Sunday at home in Fort Lauderdale. No cause of death has been determined.

Dr Hayling, a dentist, was a member of a group known as The St Augustine Four".

He spent six months in a Florida jail and reform school in 1964 after he and three other members of the NAACP Youth Council asked to be served at a Woolworth's lunch counter.

According to the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum, they were released only after protests by Martin Luther King Jr and others.

Ms Hayling-Clarke says a service is being arranged in St Augustine next month.

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